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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Hamilton
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/2/06
HB 581
SHORT TITLE Cancer Prevention, Research & Education
SB
ANALYST Lewis
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
1,500.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Similar to SB 470, which appropriates $300,000 for
cancer prevention, research & education.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Health (DOH)
Health Policy Commission (HPC)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 581 appropriates $1,500,000 from the general fund to the Department of Health to
pay for coordinated cancer prevention, research and education services supporting the depart-
mentís statewide cancer plan.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $1,500,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
According to the Department of Health (DOH) this bill, though not part of the DOHís executive
budget request, would provide coordinated cancer prevention, research and education services in
support of the stateís New Mexico Cancer Plan 2002-2006 (NMCP), which includes goals relat-
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ing to reducing risks for cancer, increasing early detection and appropriate screening, access to
care, and improved quality of life. The proposed activities would help align statewide cancer
control efforts among 13 institutions involved in cancer research, over 85 cancer-care providers,
and other community agencies and organizations. Cancer control partners include: UNM Cancer
Research and Treatment Center, St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Lovelace-Sandia Health
Systems, Veteranís Administration Medical Center, and the American Cancer Society.
DOH adds that each year, an average of 6,553 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in New Mex-
ico, and almost 3,000 people die from the disease (NM Tumor Registry, Annual Report, 2002).
Although DOH states that existing staff and resources of the DOH Comprehensive Cancer Pro-
gram could implement the activities in this bill, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) observes
that the program has limited funding for cancer risk reduction and prevention education projects.
The HPC further notes that DOHís New Mexico Cancer Plan 2002-2006 asserts that there are no
known methods of prevention or risk reduction for some cancers; there is no comprehensive
method to educate the public about cancer risk education and prevention; and there is no re-
quirement to have health education classes in the schools, although the American Cancer Society
(ACS) has cancer prevention education programs available to schools.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
DOH notes that this bill relates to:
the departmentís strategic plan and its mission to promote health and sound health policy,
prevent disease and disability, improve health services systems and assure that essential pub-
lic health functions and safety net services are available to New Mexicans; and to
implementation of the New Mexico Cancer Plan 2002 Ė 2006.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
According to the DOH, existing staff and resources of the DOH Comprehensive Cancer Program
could implement the activities in this bill. However, the funds would be more feasibly adminis-
tered if utilized over five years, from FY07 through FY11, at $300,000 per year.
AMENDMENTS
The DOH suggests allowing the appropriation to be expended in fiscal years 2007 through 2011.
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