Governor Newsom proposes reproductive health package to strengthen protections, expand access and welcome business from anti-abortion states

As California prepares for an influx of people seeking abortion care, Governor Newsom’s proposal would provide new investment in reproductive health facilities, remove barriers to services, help defray the costs of uninsured patients and more

Incentives for businesses to relocate and bring jobs to California from anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ states

Governor Newsom is committed to working with the Legislature and stakeholders to strengthen protections and expand access

Watch Governor Newsom discuss his proposed reproductive health package here

SACRAMENTO – As the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and states across the country are passing laws to limit access to reproductive health care and ban abortions, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a Reproductive Health Package to expand access to these vital services and welcome companies from anti-abortion and LGBTQ+ states. The Newsom administration continues to make efforts to maintain and improve the availability of safe and affordable reproductive health services and prepare for a potential influx of people from other countries seeking reproductive health services and abortions.

“California will not stand idly by while extremists take away our basic constitutional rights; we’re going to fight like hell to make sure all women — not just those in California — know that this state continues to recognize and protect their basic rights,” Governor Newsom said. “We are expanding access to these critical services, welcoming businesses and their employees fleeing anti-abortion states, and reaffirming our commitment to continue working closely with the Legislature and reproductive rights stakeholders to strengthen more more California’s leadership on abortion rights.”

Watch Governor Newsom discuss his proposed reproductive health package here.

Governor Newsom’s reproductive health package includes 125 million dollars to further strengthen California’s health care infrastructure, expand access to services for patients, 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 uninsured for abortions. $40 million in grants to reproductive health care providers to offset the cost of providing care to low- and moderate-income individuals who lack health coverage for abortion services.
  • California Fund for Reproductive Justice and Freedom. $15 million in grants to community-based reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations to conduct medically accurate and culturally competent outreach and education on sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • A comprehensive website on reproductive rights. $1 million to develop and maintain a website that provides accurate and updated information to the public about abortion rights under state law, information about reproductive health care providers, and coverage options for reproductive health care services, including state-funded coverage and programs .
  • Exploring unmet needs for reproductive health services. $1 million for research on unmet needs for access to reproductive health services.
These new proposed investments build on Governor Newsom’s California Plan in January, a $68 million package to:
  • Invest in reproductive health clinical infrastructure. To support California’s clinical infrastructure for reproductive health services, the plan includes $20 million in grants and loan disbursements to health care providers who commit to providing reproductive health services.
  • Capital infrastructure, improved security. The plan includes $20 million to help reproductive health facilities secure their physical and information technology infrastructure and improve facility security.
  • Make reproductive health care more accessible. The plan includes $20 million to subsidize the cost of abortion care for California consumers due to federal limits on payments for abortion coverage.
  • Removing barriers to reproductive health. To make it easier to get the medical care needed for family planning and reproductive health, Blueprint eliminated Medi-Cal requirements for in-person follow-up visits and ultrasounds if not medically necessary.
  • Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (PACT) HPV vaccine coverage. 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, Governor Newsom is further investing in California’s values ​​and developing the state’s inclusive economy by offering opportunities for incentives for businesses to relocate to California or expand jobs and economic footprint here from states with anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ laws. By updating existing business incentive programs to provide additional consideration to companies leaving states that have enacted restrictions on reproductive rights and anti-LGBTQ+ laws, Governor Newsom welcomes companies that share California’s values ​​and doubles down on the diversity that makes our economy a global leader.

Governor Newsom’s reproductive health package includes proposals supported by members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. Today’s announcement builds on recent actions by Governor Newsom, Senate President Pro Tempore Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Rendon to advance a constitutional amendment to enshrine abortion rights. The governor also eliminated out-of-pocket costs for abortions and signed a legislative package to improve access and protect patients and providers. And in October, Governor Newsom announced the administration’s participation in the California Council on the Future of Abortion to collaborate with advocates, policymakers, providers, patients and others on ways to advance the state’s reproductive health leadership.

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