Jul 3, 2011 5:04 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
DENVER (AP) - Colorado's new state budget that took effect last week cuts millions from cancer-screening and prevention programs that doctors say save lives.
The cuts include more than two-thirds of the budget for the Colorado QuitLine for smokers. The cuts also include a $1.6 million cut to the Women's Wellness Connection Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program.
Health advocates say the cuts will have deadly and long-term consequences. Lawmakers who passed the budget point out that the money is still going to health care. The funds are going to cover a bigger tab for Medicaid as more people become eligible.
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