The Mary Brogan Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (Sec. 381.93, F.S.) is a state and federally funded program that annually provides more than 14,000 low-income, medically underserved Florida women between the ages of 50 and 64 access to cancer screening and diagnostic testing services. More than 300 of those women screened will be diagnosed with cancer and provided a pathway to lifesaving treatment services through Florida Medicaid. For 2018, ACS CAN requests that the state fund the program at a level equal to approximately one-half of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s current program investment in Florida or $2.6 million.
The 2017 Florida Legislative Session was mired by conflict, much of which came to a head over the state budget. That infighting ultimately led to an extension, requiring that members come back to Tallahassee for an additional day to debate and pass the budget.