Bill Would Restore Cancer Screenings For Poor Women
KPBS: The California legislature has unanimously voted fpr a bill that would restore the Every Woman Counts Program, which offers breast and cervical cancer screenings to more than 6000 low-income women a year. It is unclear whethe Governor Arnold Schwarzengger would sign the bill.
"A bill supporters say is essential to women's health is awaiting a decision by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It would fully restore a program that provides free cancer screenings to low-income women.
The Every Woman Counts Program offers breast and cervical cancer screenings to poor women statewide. More than 6,000 women in San Diego County use the program annually.
Late last year, the governor made some changes to save money. He raised the minimum age for eligibility for mammograms from 40 years old to 50. He also froze enrollment in the program.
The legislature has unanimously approved a bill that would reverse those changes. The governor hasn't said whether he'll sign the bill."