Scott Walker targets cancer, MS screenings for women

Yeah, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is a classy guy…putting politics ahead of womens’ health.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has set his sights on ending the availability of cervical and breast cancer screening —along with multiple sclerosis detection— for Wisconsin women who have insufficient health insurance to pay for these critical procedures.

It’s not about money or budgets or unions or any of the usual ideologically driven nonsense we’ve come to expect from Scott Walker. This time, it’s just all about politics.

The screening service, which goes by the name of the Wisconsin Well Woman Program and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, contracts with various screening providers throughout the state on a county-by-county basis. Among those who provide these critical services to women between the ages of 45 and 64 is Planned Parenthood.

The good news is that Walker is not looking to completely destroy the program. If you are a woman fortunate enough to live in a county where the screening is available by any entity that is not Planned Parenthood, these tests will continue to be available to you.

However, if you are a Wisconsin woman with insufficient funds or insurance to pay for cancer and multiple sclerosis screening and live in Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, or Outagamie County, I’m afraid you now have a problem. Planned Parenthood is the only organization providing the screening program in these areas and each of the local offices has been notified that their contract with the state to provide such screening will terminate at the end of this year.

Ultimately, anyone who thinks Scott Walker is about anything other than politics is kidding themselves. Women….children….the poor…public employees…Scott Walker’s only concern for those folks (and so many others) is how he can use them for his own political gain, not how he can help make their lives better.

1 comment to Scott Walker targets cancer, MS screenings for women

  • Fed Up

    This is not exactly true…….Here are the facts according to the Wisconsin Well Woman program coordinator. (Yes, I actually took the time to call and gather facts about this situation as I was curious what was true. You might want to try doing this sometime. Getting the facts and actually educating people is more helpful than spreading partial truths.) The contract with Planned Parenthood for those specific counties will be cancelled at the end of the year. Current enrollees will keep their providers that are already set. As she stated in our conversation, “The program is continuing, people are still going to receive services as before.” New people signing up will need to go to the new coordinating agency after 1/1/2012. The new coordinating agency should be announced this week. Each county will still have an access point, like before.

    If anyone has questions about this program here is the website with a phone number. This website has lots of information which should help to control the panic caused by the limited facts being spread about this very important program.

    http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/womenshealth/wwwp/

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