State Senate Coalition Fighting To Restore Millions Of Dollars Cut From Women's Health Programs In Governor's Budget

Phil Boyle

March 11, 2013

Adelphi University Breast Cancer Program and Funding for Rape Crisis Centers among Those Targeted for Reduction

Senate Coalition Members today announced they would restore millions of dollars for important women’s health programs - - including initiatives to help women overcome the trauma of rape, eating disorders and breast cancer- - that were targeted for reduction as part of the Governor’s Executive Budget.

Approximately $8 million in cuts in these areas were rejected as part of the Senate’s one-house budget plan, which was expected to be acted on later today.

Under the Executive Budget proposal, the Governor recommended shifting funding for 16 women’s health and wellness programs into six discretionary “pools,” and then subjected those “pools” to a 10 percent, across-the-board cut.

“This funding is important to the health and well-being of millions of women across this state, and my Republican colleagues and I are pleased and proud to include it as part of the Senate’s budget resolution,” Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos said.  “We urge the Governor to consider the impact of these harmful cuts, and ask him to join us in standing up for women.”

Among the programs and initiatives slated to be cut were the Evidence Based Cancer Services Program (EBCSP), the Adelphi University Breast Cancer Program, SNAP/WIC, the Safe Motherhood Initiative, the Prenatal and Postnatal Home Visitation Program, as well as rape crisis center funding, among others.

The state’s new fiscal year begins April 1; however, the Legislature and Governor are on an accelerated timetable and hope to complete the budget by March 21, which would mark the earliest enacted budget in more than 30 years.