Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation this week that would make abortion services cheaper in California by reducing out-of-pocket expenses.
The bill, championed by Sen. Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, prohibits health plans and insurers from adopting co-pay, deductible or other cost-sharing requirements for abortions and abortion-related services. Under this bill, health plans and insurers also cannot impose utilization management practices (a process for determining the medical necessity of a certain procedure) on abortions or related services. to abortion.
In signing the legislation on Tuesday, Governor Newsom blasted other Republican-run US states that have enacted laws restricting access to abortion.
“As states across the country attempt to set us back by restricting basic reproductive rights, California continues to protect and advance reproductive freedom for all,” said Governor Newsom, a Democrat. “With this legislation, we will help ensure equitable and affordable access to abortion services so that out-of-pocket costs do not prevent receiving care.”
Governor Newsom signed the legislation in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday along with members of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, representatives of reproductive rights groups and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
“In the Golden State, we value women and recognize all they do in their dual roles as caregivers and breadwinners,” Ms. Siebel Newsom said in a statement. “California will continue to lead by example and ensure that all women and pregnant women have autonomy over their bodies and the ability to control their own destinies.”
The bill, championed by Senator Gonzalez, was called the Abortion Accessibility Act.
“Today we are ensuring that abortion is not just a lip service and that all people have real freedom to decide if, when and how to start a family, regardless of income or ability to pay,” said Senator Gonzalez. , the Senate Majority Whip, said. “I am grateful to all of our partners who have so ardently championed SB 245 and who continue to champion reproductive freedom in our state. My gratitude also goes to Governor Gavin Newsom for taking swift action to sign this bill into law, and to my colleagues in the Legislative Assembly for their support. ”
California is one of six states that require health insurance plans to cover abortion services.
“Governor. Newsom has promised to make California a “sanctuary” for abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. It’s the polar opposite of what a true sanctuary would be: a place where vulnerable unborn children are protected by law and the real needs of women are met with compassion and support, not a cheaper way to end their child’s life,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the national anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, told News-Press.
“A growing number of states are serving women and families through public abortion alternatives programs, in addition to 2,700 pro-life pregnancy centers nationwide that provide a plethora of generally lifesaving services. free of charge,” Dannenfelser continued. “A truly pro-woman governor would do well to follow their lead, not double down on pro-abortion extremism that hurts women and only helps the abortion industry’s bottom line.”
“Governor. Newsom and the California Legislature are once again promoting the abortion industry at the expense of Californians. This new law is not pro-choice, it is staunchly pro-abortion. nothing for women who want to give birth alive,” California Right to Life outreach director Mary Rose Short told News-Press. “This bill prioritizes abortion over any other procedure or medical treatment Californians living with cancer, diabetes, or other illnesses must not only pay for their own health care, but politicians have decided that they must also pay for the “free” abortions of others through the increased insurance costs.
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