Kasich touts new funds for cancer screening (video)

By MARC KOVAC R-C Capital Bureau Published:

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich touted Medicaid expansion and new funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings Friday during a ceremonial bill signing at the Statehouse.

The governor also declared October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and urged women to seek out screenings.

"There are many women that currently have insurance that don't get their mammograms and their pap smears, their cervical check," Kasich said. "If you have it, go get it. You're going to save your life, and if you have it, they can treat it."

The governor signed House Bill 112 into law in July, and it took effect earlier this month, creating a new check-off on income tax forms that allows filers to donate all or part of their refunds to a program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and related services.

"Seventy thousand women since 1994 (when the program was created) have been served by this worthwhile cause," said Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), a primary sponsor of the law change. "And we came up with a way that we can generate hundreds of thousands of new dollars ...."

The check-off is expected to generate more than $150,000 for screenings, and Kasich announced Friday that the state would provide a three-to-one match, up to $1 million.

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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