The California Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, welcomed the news today that lawmakers agreed to restore funding for Every Woman Counts Program, the state’s vital breast and cervical cancer screening program for low-income uninsured and underinsured women in need.
On January 1, the California Department of Health arbitrarily shut the doors of Every Woman Counts for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ended on June 30, and eliminated future access to the program for women age 40 to 49 – effectively cutting access to nearly half of the women typically screened by the program. Since January, the organization estimates more than 290,000 women will have gone without cancer screenings, including those whose undetected cancers are growing.
Komen for the Cure’s California supporters have worked diligently with lawmakers for months during the historic budget impasse in an attempt to spare the potentially life-saving program. In Orange County, there are 14 community health center provider organizations with 30 locations that are Every Woman Counts Providers. The re-opening of the program allows access to these critical services to an estimated 40,000 eligible women cared for at community health centers.
“Underserved women in California have been without access to affordable breast cancer screening services for 10 months. That is unconscionable. I am pleased California’s lawmakers have finally done the right thing and reopened the doors of this life-saving program,” said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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