Women's Cancer Screening Program

Program Description

The RI Women's Cancer Screening Program is a breast and cervical cancer screening program that provides pelvic exams, Pap tests, clinical breast exams, and mammograms (breast x-rays) at no cost to eligible women in Rhode Island. The program also covers diagnostic tests, which are used to identify diseases. The goal of the program is to identify women with precancerous breast or cervical conditions or cancer during the early stages. In addition, women may apply for Medical Assistance (Medicaid) to cover the cost of treatment, if needed.

The RI Women's Cancer Screening Program is funded primarily by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is managed by the RI Department of Health.


To be eligible for the screening program, a woman must be:

  • 40 – 64 years old
  • A Rhode Island resident
  • Meet the income eligibility criteria for the program
  • Have no other individual or group health insurance coverage

If applying for Medicaid to cover the cost of treatment, a woman must provide the following:

If not a U.S. Citizen, proof of immigration status is required
Other citizenship and identity documents required by DHS

For More Information

To find out if you may be eligible or for more information, please check the Women’s Cancer Screening Program at the RI Department of Health or call (401) 222-4324 (English/Spanish). For questions on eligibility/enrollment in Medicaid to cover the cost of treatment for a precancerous condition of the breast or cervix or a diagnosis of breast or cervical cancer, please call EOHHS at (401) 462-5274.


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