Feedback: State Budget Hazardous To Your Health?
If you're uninsured, getting screened for cancer is about to get a lot tougher - assuming lawmakers pass the state's budget later this week.
"It's bad news. The state is cutting $3.5 million out of these important lifesaving programs," said Blair Horner of the American Cancer Society.
As of now, programs like free screening could be a part of a 5 percent cut in healthcare.
"To cut programs for people that lack health insurance, so that they can't get free screening for breast, cervical and colon cancers only leads to more cancer devastation," said Horner.
And it's not just cancer awareness groups that will feel the pinch.
The state's Tobacco Control Program, which is responsible for all those anti-smoking advertisements, could also see cuts.
Some think the ads may be a little over the top, but anti-smoking groups say they're very effective in helping people kick the habit.
"They're cutting the financing that could help prevent smoking. So this is something that really is going to cost New Yorkers in more ways than one," said Kristy Smorol of the American Heart Association.
So with the budget expected to pass, what can be done?
Well, the American Heart Association isn't giving up.
They're asking you to visit yourethecure.org - to help get your voice heard.
"Let lawmakers know that...protect the health of New York," said Smorol.
Protecting the health of New York while managing its finances is an increasingly difficult task.