By Lauren Ebrahim, Tucson News Now Intern
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Southern Arizona chapter said they support Governor Jan Brewer's efforts to expand Arizona's Medicaid program.
The foundation has joined with other Arizona non-profits to form a group to support the Governor's Medicaid restoration proposals.
In a letter to Brewer, The Southern Arizona Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure expressed their support for expansion of Arizona's Medicaid program also known as AHCCCS, because a decrease in donations and an increased demand for services has led it to its "crisis point," and they are unable to fully fund all grant requests this year.
"We believe that your proposal to restore medical coverage to thousands of working poor adults in Arizona would ease [our] crisis: if more people were covered by AHCCCS, we would have less ‘gaps' to fill in, and our funds would stretch further," the Southern Arizona affiliate expressed to Brewer in a letter.
Seventy-five percent of net proceeds to the Southern Arizona affiliate stay in the region and are turned into grants and the other 25 percent of net proceeds go towards international breast cancer research.
In order to raise as much as they can, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Arizona has extended the deadline to collect donations for its critical fundraiser Race for the Cure, which happened on March 17th.
The deadline to make donations to the 2013 Race is now until April 30th.
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