Calif. mammogram program slammed in another audit

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The digital mammomat is seen at the mammamobil on April 8, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. At the mobile mammogram service, patients can receive a mammogram checkup.

Another state audit of Every Woman Counts, a California program that provides mammograms to low income women, has found vast inadequacies.

A report by State Auditor Elaine Howle's office says the California Department of Public Health failed to develop regulations to allow transparency and public oversight of the program for 16 years, citing staffing and funding limitations.

The department responded in the report, released last week, that it recognizes the importance of establishing rules to administer the program properly.

Auditors say the program has submitted a single report to the Legislature, in 1996, despite a requirement for an annual report.

A call to the Department of Public Health was not immediately returned.

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