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Mammograms for thousands of low-income women held up in California budget fight
The Mercury News

A state service that helps test hundreds of thousands of women for cancer could become the latest program to follow California’s late budget off the cliff and into crisis, potentially raising health risks — and treatment costs — for low-income patients who rely on the free screenings. Since July 1, when the new fiscal year began without a budget, cash payments for mammograms and cervical cancer tests have been cut off for Every Woman Counts, a nearly 20-year-old program funded by tobacco tax revenue and federal grants.