In California, Planned Parenthood provides expert, high-quality sexual and reproductive health care in nearly every county and in over 100 health centers. Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California’s “Future of Abortion Access in California” campaign is centered on continuing that care and working to expand—not ban—access to health care on a local and statewide level, both in response to the unmet health care needs in California and the shifting federal landscape. The campaign, launched at the beginning of 2020 alongside reproductive health care champions and health care stakeholders, seeks to answer the question of “what more can California do?”
The Future of Abortion Access in California campaign, and Planned Parenthood’s 2020 Legislative Package, is driven by the goal to break down medically unnecessary barriers to care to ensure that, no matter what, people in California have access to essential health care. To achieve these goals, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California are sponsoring the following bills:
- AB 1973 (Assemblymember Kamlager) The Abortion Accessibility Act: AB 1973 will require all state-licensed health plans and insurers to cover abortion services without cost-sharing from the patient. This bill addresses the inconsistent payment barrier that exists for people with commercial insurance because abortion should not be dependent on where you live, who you are, or what type and tier of insurance you have.
- AB 1965 (Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry) HPV Coverage in California Family Planning, Access and Treatment (Family PACT): AB 1965 will expand coverage of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the state Family PACT program, which serves approximately one million low-income Californians of reproductive age through a network of 2,200 public and private providers in the state, including Planned Parenthood. HPV, while preventable, is the most common sexually-transmitted disease that can infect anyone, regardless of gender. This expansion will ensure that California is taking precaution to prevent the spread of HPV and reduce exposure to its associated cancers.
- Improving Security Measures for Reproductive Health Centers, Providers, and Patients (Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan): In the past three years, Planned Parenthood health centers across the nation have seen upticks in violence, protests and anti-reproductive health care rhetoric. This bill seeks to improve both patient’s and providers safety and access to reproductive health centers by updating the FACE Act and modernizing online privacy laws.
- Protecting Patient Confidentiality (Senator Jackson): When a patient accesses care for a sensitive service, including sexual and reproductive health care, confidentiality is of the utmost importance. Communications related to their health insurance, however, is not always confidential and the patient seeking services are often times not the policyholder of their health care coverage. This bill will expand upon California’s existing protections to ensure that information about any sensitive services they receive is not sent to a third party they do not want to receive it, like an abusive spouse or their parents.
Note: More information, including legislative fact sheets, coming soon.