What is Women's Way?
Women’s Way provides a way to pay for most breast and
cervical cancer screenings for eligible North Dakota women.
• In 1990, Congress passed the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality
Prevention Act, which launched funding for the national breast and
cervical cancer screening program.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) distributes
the money and oversees the national program.
• Today, in the United States, 68 funded states, tribes, and
territories provide services.
• North Dakota received funding in 1993 for planning and system
• The North Dakota program was named Women’s Way and began
offering screening services in 1997.
• Women’s Way is administered through the North Dakota
Department of Health and local public health offices.
• More than 850 doctors, nurse practitioners and physician
assistants are enrolled as participating providers, making it
possible for most clients to receive services through their regular
doctor at 287 facilities across North Dakota.
• As many as 24,000 women in North Dakota could be eligible for
Women’s Way and receive breast and cervical screenings.
• CDC estimates that funds awarded to the state can provide
screenings for 12-15 percent of potentially eligible women. North
Dakota stretches its funds to screen approximately 15 percent of
potentially eligible women.
• Limited diagnostic procedures are also available to women
enrolled in Women’s Way.
• In 2001, the North Dakota state legislature passed and Governor
Hoeven signed legislation allowing uninsured Women’s Way
clients who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer to access
treatment coverage through Medicaid - Women’s Way Treatment
Women's Way Services
What services are available through
Eligible women ages 40 through 64 can receive:
|• Clinical breast exams
|• Pap tests
|• Pelvic exams
Who qualifies for Women’s Way?
NORTH DAKOTA WOMEN WHO MEET THE FOLLOWING:
Women’s Way primarily serves women between the ages
of 40 and 64.
Women’s Way serves women who do not have health
insurance; who are unable to pay insurance deductibles and/or
co-payments; or who do not have breast and cervical cancer
screening coverage through their insurance plan.
Women with Medicare or Medicaid are encouraged to access
breast and cervical cancer screenings through their existing
To enroll in Women’s Way, a woman’s household income
must be less than the amounts listed in the following chart:
2009 Income Guidelines
Each additional 7,480 per year Or
623 per month
How many women have been screened through
Women’s Way ?
Women’s Way began offering screening services in 1997.
As of June, 2009, Women’s Way has screened more than 10,000 women.
Through those screenings, more than 175 women were diagnosed with breast
cancer and more than 250 women were diagnosed with cervical dysplasias
and cervical cancer.
Where do women get screened?
In North Dakota, most general practice health-care providers offer
Women’s Way screening services, including 287 health care
facilities and more than 850 doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician
assistants. Women’s Way clients usually are able to receive
screening services through their regular doctor.
Treatment For Women’s Way Clients Now Available
Through “Medicaid - Women’s Way”
If a Women’s Way client is diagnosed with breast or cervical
cancer or a cervical abnormality that needs treatment, she should call
1.800.44 WOMEN for more information.
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act
of 2000 allows states to create a new category of Medicaid
eligibility for uninsured women younger than 65. In North Dakota,
this new Medicaid category, called Medicaid - Women’s Way,
became effective July 1, 2001. The purpose of this special
program is to provide medical assistance for uninsured Women’s
Way clients who have been found to have breast cancer, cervical
cancer or cervical abnormalities requiring treatment.