Vision & Hearing Screening on 2006 Chopping Block

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No one wants to cut services for children, but both the Governor's office and state health officials say it may be necessay for the overall good of public health care.

What's in jeopardy are the screenings many pre-school and grade school children recieve for vision and hearing.

Due in part to state budget problems the screenings are slated to be eliminated -- saving the state about $5.2 million.

The reason behind possibly eliminitainng the one program, say health offiicials is that the dollar figure spread out over all local public heath service programs would 'water down most of the agency as a whole.'