As California prepares for a large number of people seeking abortion care, Governor Newsom’s proposal would provide new investment in reproductive health facilities, remove barriers to services, help cover the costs of uninsured patients, and more.
Incentives to relocate and relocate businesses from abortion and LGBTQ + states to California
Governor Newsom is committed to working with Parliament and stakeholders to strengthen protections and expand access.
SACRAMENTO – US Supreme Court appears ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and states across the country pass laws restricting access to reproductive health and banning abortions, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today a Reproductive Health Package to expand access to these essential services and to host anti-abortion and LGBTQ + state businesses. The Newsom Administration continues its efforts to maintain and improve safe and accessible reproductive health care services, and to prepare for the flow of people from other states seeking reproductive health care and abortion services.
“California will not stand idly by as long as extremists violate our basic constitutional rights; we will fight in hell so that all women, not just Californians, know that this state continues to uphold and protect their fundamental rights, ”Governor Newsom said. “We are expanding access to these critical services, welcoming businesses and their workers fleeing abortion states, and reaffirming our commitment to continue working closely with Parliament and reproductive rights actors to further strengthen California’s abortion rights leadership.”
Included in Governor Newsom’s Reproductive Health Package $ 125 million To further strengthen California’s health care infrastructure, expand access to patient services, and prepare for the arrival of people seeking reproductive health care in other states. Today’s announcement, which adds $ 57 million to the January $ 68 million proposal, includes:
- Covering Uncompensated Care for Uninsured Abortion Services. $ 40 million in grants for reproductive health care providers to offset the cost of providing care to low- and moderate-income people without health coverage for abortion care services.
- California’s reproductive justice and freedom foundation. $ 15 million to provide grants to community-based reproductive health, rights and justice organizations for specific and culturally competent outreach and sexual education on sexual and reproductive health issues.
- Reproductive Rights Website. $ 1 million, including detailed and up-to-date information on abortion law, information on reproductive health care providers and coverage options for reproductive health services, state-funded coverage and programs, to develop and maintain a website that provides accurate and up-to-date information to the public.
- Research on the unmet needs of reproductive health services. $ 1 million for research on unmet needs for access to reproductive health services.
- Invest in Clinical Reproductive Health Infrastructure. To support the clinical infrastructure of reproductive health services in California, Blueprint provided $ 20 million to reimburse grants and loans to health care providers who are committed to providing reproductive health services.
- Capital Infrastructure, Improved Security. The plan included $ 20 million to help reproductive health facilities secure their physical infrastructure and information technology and improve facility safety.
- Make reproductive health care cheaper. The plan included $ 20 million to fund the cost of abortion care for Covered California consumers due to limitations on federal payment of abortion coverage.
- Remove Obstacles to Reproductive Health. To make it easier to get the medical care you need for family planning and reproductive health, Blueprint removed Medi-Cal’s requirements for in-person follow-up visits and ultrasounds if it wasn’t medically necessary.
- Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (PACT) HPV Vaccine Coverage. The Blueprint included $ 8 million to add the human papillomavirus vaccine as a covered benefit to the Family PACT program as of July 1, 2022.
In addition to these critical investments, Governor Newsom is investing more in California stocks and proposing to grow the state’s inclusive economy. incentives for companies to relocate to California or jobs and their economic footprint here from states with anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ + laws.. By updating existing business incentive programs to give additional attention to companies leaving states that have imposed restrictions on reproductive rights and anti-LGBTQ + laws, Governor Newsom welcomes companies that share California values and doubles the diversity that makes our economy a world leader .
Governor Newsom’s reproductive health package includes proposals advocated by members of the California Women’s Legislature. Today’s announcement is based on the latest action by Governor Newsom, Senate President Tempore Atkins and Speaker of the Rendon Assembly to push through a constitutional amendment to ensure the right to abortion. The governor has also removed the out-of-pocket costs of abortion services and signed a bill to strengthen and protect access for patients and providers. And in October, Governor Newsom announced that the Administration will participate in the California Council on the Future of Abortion to work with advocates, policy makers, providers, patients, and others on ways to advance state reproductive health leadership.