Senators Diane Allen, Kip Bateman, Andrew Ciesla, Chris Connors, Sean Kean and Robert Singer issued the following statement:
“Protecting women’s health is a vital priority for all of us. Contained in this year’s budget are critical investments in early cancer detection programs including mammograms. Over $20 million is dedicated to serve low-income women and children with chronic diseases, birth defects and special health care needs such as Cystic Fibrosis; childhood lead poisoning screening and environmental inspections of homes with suspected lead hazards; prenatal care; fetal alcohol syndrome; and hemophilia treatments. These critical investments were a major part of our collective decision to support the budget.
Initially, we supported S-2139, which rededicates $7.5 million from the State Employees’ Prescription Drug Program toward further women’s health initiatives. However, upon further review by the State Treasurer, it is now clear that this transfer would place the state prescription fund into a $5.6 million deficit and risk access to needed medicines for women and children. Therefore, if Senator President Sweeney calls for a veto override of S-2139, we will vote to support maintaining a balanced budget and ensure there is continued access to prescription medicines for families.”
Click here for a copy of a letter from State Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff to Senator Diane Allen.