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Wisconsin postpones restructuring of cancer screening program amid backlash

By Kay Nolan, March 24, 2014

Kay Nolan is a contributing writer for WisPolitics.com. This article ran in the March 24, 2014 issue.

Following negative headlines and protests by women’s health advocates, the Walker administration, already under fire over a hasty, end-of-session GOP bill limiting oral chemotherapy insurance payments, backs down for the second time in a month over a cancer-related issue: The Well Woman Program is saved, for the time-being, although new details are sparse.

In a memo released Friday, state public health administrator Karen McKeown said the restructuring of the Well Woman Program, previously set for June 30 of this year, will now be finalized on June 30, 2015. The program offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings, aswell as multiple sclerosis tests to low-income women.