The spending plan pending in the state Senate cuts free cancer screenings for some residents. Lawmakers may also charge some low-income parents more for state health insurance for their children.
Despite sympathy from lawmakers, the prognosis for health care in next year's budget is poor.
Lawmakers struggling to close a half-billion-dollar shortfall are poised to ax an array of health services -- from cancer screenings to tobacco cessation programs. Lawmakers insist their top priorities are public education and reviving the economy. They say that ballooning Medicaid rolls mean health spending is on the rise even when services are being cut.
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