Delaware budget plan cuts out funding for mammography van
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A van that has traveled around Delaware for the last decade offering low-income patients mammograms and other health screenings will be out of commission under Gov. John Carney’s $4.25 billion spending plan for the coming year.
The News Journal reports that Carney’s budget proposal recommends eliminating the state funding that keeps the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s mammography van rolling. The total savings would be $277,000.
Officials in the Carney administration said there are concerns that the van no longer meets its original mission or provides the most efficient delivery of services.
Karyl Rattay, director of the state Division of Public Health, said the van was established at a time when there weren’t so many standup sites where people could get their screening at night or on weekends.