Knowles signs bill to fund treatment for women with breast, cervical cancer

health.jpg Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law June 25 a bill that aims to provide medical treatment for Alaska women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer.

"By signing this bill into law, Alaska will take advantage of a new federal law giving states the option to help women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer who, until now, have earned too much for regular Medicaid but not enough to buy their own health insurance," Knowles said in a statement.

"These women have been trapped in a terrible predicament. Although the federal screening program would diagnose their cancer, there was no provision to pay for treatment. Until now."

The law will help an estimated 40 women each year. The state’s cost for this program is $175,000 per year.

Support group to meet July 10

The Mat-Su Breast Cancer Support Group plans to conduct its monthly meeting from 7-9 p.m. July 10 in Wasilla.

The program will address topics including tamoxifen, chemotherapy, side effects, lymphedema and other issues. Questions also will be taken.

The event will be at Valley Hospital Medical Campus Classroom C. For more information, call 907-376-8689.

A future meeting is scheduled for Aug. 14.

Knowles inks measure to build new API

Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law House Bill 76, which would allow the state to issue $16 million in certificate of participation bonds to fund construction of a new Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

These funds will be added to the $19 million appropriated by the state for the new facility along with $3 million from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The remainder of the money comes from interest earnings on the bonds and earlier appropriations, according to representatives at the governor’s office.

The new 80,000-square-foot facility is expected to cost $41.7 million and house up to 72 patients. It is scheduled to open in 2004.

The new API, to be built at 2900 Providence Drive, will replace the current 40-year-old building.

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