As California prepares for an influx of abortion seekers, Governor Newsom’s proposal will provide new investment in reproductive health facilities, remove barriers to services, help cover the cost of uninsured patients, and more.
Incentives for businesses to relocate and secure jobs in California from anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ + states
Governor Newsom pledges to work with legislature and stakeholders to strengthen protection and expand access
SACRAMENTO – Because the US Supreme Court seems ready to overturn Rowe vs. Wade and states across the country pass laws restricting access to reproductive health and banning abortion, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today a Reproductive Health Package to expand access to these vital services and welcome companies from state-run anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ + countries . The Newsom administration is continuing its efforts to maintain and improve the availability of safe and affordable reproductive health services and prepare for the potential influx of people from other states seeking reproductive health and abortion services.
“California will not stand idly by until extremists revoke our fundamental constitutional rights; “We will fight like hell, making sure that all women – not just those in California – know that this state continues to recognize and protect their fundamental rights,” said Governor Newsham. “We are expanding access to these critical services, welcoming businesses and their employees fleeing countries against abortion, and reaffirming our commitment to continue working closely with the legislature and reproductive rights stakeholders to further strengthen leadership. of California in Abortion Rights.
Governor Newsum’s Reproductive Health Package includes $ 125 million to further strengthen California’s health infrastructure, expand access to patient services, and help prepare for the influx of people seeking reproductive health care from other states. Today’s announcement, which adds $ 57 million to the $ 68 million proposal from January, includes the following:
- Covering uncompensated care for people who are not provided for abortion services. $ 40 million in grants to reproductive health care providers to offset the costs of providing care for low- and middle-income people who do not have health coverage for abortion services.
- California Reproductive Justice and Freedom Fund. $ 15 million in grants from community-based reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations to conduct medically accurate and culturally competent information activities and education on sexual health and reproductive health.
- Comprehensive website for reproductive rights. $ 1 million to develop and maintain a website that provides accurate and up-to-date information to the public on the right to abortion under state law, information on reproductive health care providers, and coverage options for reproductive health services, including state-funded coverage and programs.
- Study of unmet needs for reproductive health services. $ 1 million for research on unmet needs for access to reproductive health services.
- Invest in reproductive health clinical infrastructure. To support California’s clinical infrastructure for reproductive health services, the Plan includes $ 20 million in scholarships and loans to health care providers committed to providing reproductive health services.
- Capital infrastructure, improved security. The plan includes $ 20 million to help reproductive health facilities provide their physical and information technology infrastructure and improve the security of facilities.
- Make reproductive health care more accessible. The plan includes $ 20 million to subsidize abortion care costs for consumers in Covered California due to restrictions on federal abortion coverage payments.
- Removing barriers to reproductive health. To make it easier to get the medical care needed for family planning and reproductive health, Blueprint has removed Medi-Cal’s requirements for personal follow-up visits and ultrasound if not medically necessary.
- HPV vaccine coverage for family planning, access, care and treatment (PACT). The plan includes $ 8 million to add the human papillomavirus vaccine as a covered benefit under the Family PACT program, effective July 1, 2022.
In addition to these critical investments, Gov. Newsham is investing further in California’s values and developing the state’s inclusive economy by proposing opportunities to stimulate business to relocate to California or expand jobs and its economic footprint here from states with anti-abortion laws and anti-LGBTQ +. By updating existing business incentive programs to provide additional attention to companies leaving the states that have imposed restrictions on reproductive rights and anti-LGBTQ + laws, Governor Newsom welcomes companies that share California’s values and doubles the diversity it does. our economy a global leader.
Governor Newsom’s Reproductive Health Package includes proposals supported by members of the California Women’s Legislature. Today’s announcement builds on recent actions by Governor Newsom, Senate Speaker, Professional Tempor Atkins and Assembly Speaker Randon to promote a constitutional amendment to strengthen the right to abortion. The governor also eliminated his own costs for abortion services and signed a legislative package to improve access and protect patients and providers. And in October, Gov. Newsham announced the administration’s involvement in the California Future of Abortion Council to work with advocates, politicians, providers, patients and others on ways to advance the state’s leadership in reproductive health.