Mammogram Fund Exhausted

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Uninsured women will have to wait until next fiscal year to get free mammograms and Pap smears.

That's because the state has spent the ten million dollars budgeted for the program.

Even when funding for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program becomes available again, it will be cut from this year's levels. The program is expected to serve more than 22-thousand Michigan women next year, compared with 25-thousand this year.

The program has stopped making appointments. It now serves just 13 percent of eligible women.

Health officials say the halt in funding affects women in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw, Ingham, Lenawee, Kent, Gratiot, Jackson, Clinton, Ionia and Alpena counties.