MA: Ask your lawmakers to champion cancer fighting programs in the FY'20 Budget


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Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I am writing to ask you to reach out to the members of the FY '20 budget Conference Committee and ask them to include the following as part of the final budget:

~ (line item 4000-1001) Healthy Incentives Program: Please include the Senate language and fund the program at $6,500,000 and the line item at a total of $10,077,882 as included in the Senate Budget.
The Healthy Incentives Program increases access to fresh, healthy, local foods for food insecure families in the Commonwealth participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and helps to sustain Massachusetts farms by increasing their sales. In doing so, the Healthy Incentives Program improves health outcomes in low-income communities, supports the local economy, and helps to protect farmland and natural resources.
~ (line item 4590-0300) Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP): Please fund the program at $4,617,730 as included in the House Budget.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Massachusetts, killing more than 9,000 of our residents each year while thousands more suffer from its health consequences. Big Tobacco is targeting our kids as they seek to hook a new generation on their deadly products. With the current youth e-cigarette (vaping) epidemic we are facing, now is not the time to flat-fund or, worse, cut funding to this program. By increasing funding for MTCP we will have a greater impact on reversing the trend of youth tobacco use in the Commonwealth.
~ (line item 4590-0925) Prostate cancer research, education and awareness program: Please include the language approved in the House Budget.
Prostate cancer has emerged as the second most lethal cancer in men in Massachusetts. By ensuring annual funding for this program with specific language for how that money should be spent, we will be able to continue evidence-based research and provide awareness and education programs to men. In turn, they will have the opportunity to make an informed decision with their healthcare provider about prostate cancer screening.

Thank you for being a champion for these vital programs with your peers on the budget Conference Committee. I look forward to hearing your response.

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