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10/15/02 - Tyler

Governor Announces Help to Uninsured Women

   Governor Rick Perry was in Tyler Tuesday to open a new medical complex, and announce big help to uninsured Texas women.

   He helped cut the ribbon Tuesday afternoon for the new Trinity Mother Frances Healthpark Plaza. That's on Troup Highway. There, the governor announced that a $1 million in state money will be matched by $3 million more from the federal government. It's all to help uninsured women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. Instead of just a diagnosis, they'll now be able to start treatment immediately.

   Dr. John Larrwaga of the Ross Breast Center at Trinity Mother Frances: "We, as radiologists who are reading the mammograms, almost feel guilty that we have found these cancers... and put them [patients] in a position of having to deal with the fallout of going through the treatment protocols."

   The $4 million over the next two years will go to help the nearly 400 women in Texas who don't have insurance and are battling breast and cervical cancer.

   The new program starts in December.

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