Americans use preventive health services about half as often as they should. This lack of use is frequently attributed to cost barriers. Studies show that even with moderate insurance co-pays, screening costs keep women from being screened. For women with no insurance, the cost of screenings and other preventive services can be out of reach.
While the Every Woman Matters Program provides free recommended preventive health services for most Nebraska women who lack adequate insurance coverage to pay for the services, not all women who live in the state meet the program’s eligibility requirements. As a result, several community-based programs are currently being funded through grants from Komen Great Plains to provide free screening and other health related services for women who do not qualify for Every Woman Matters. Please click here to learn more.
For women living in rural areas, distance from screening service providers and travel-related costs can be an additional barrier. Our work is focused on helping women access the screening services they need to protect their health and the well-being of their families.
The Nebraska Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Plan advocates the use of evidence-based strategies to increase screening rates. Click on links below to learn more.
Multicomponent Interventions to Increase Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancer – The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends multicomponent interventions to increase screening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancers, based on a systematic review that found these interventions were effective. Read full summaries of the recommendations for interventions to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening, and to help spread the word.