PUBLISHED: 2:29 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Commissioner Joel Gilbertson of the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services was one of the speakers when supporters for funding of a statewide screening program for breast and cervical cancer gathered at the Capitol steps last Thursday. Alaska's Breast and Cervical Cancer Health Check program screens low-income women, ages 18 to 64, who are uninsured or underinsured. Single women with an income of less than $29,075 a year are eligible. The program offers breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests for women age 18 to 64 and mammograms for women age 50 to 64. Gov. Frank Murkowski had requested a total of $1.8 million from the Legislature to cover cover reduced federal funding, but the Senate Finance Committee cut $500,000 from the governor's request.