March 22, 2022
Brandon Richards, Director of Communications
PPAC Celebrates Champion Senator Gonzalez for Commitment to Abortion Access for All Californians
SACRAMENTO— Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President and CEO Jodi Hicks regarding Governor Gavin Newsom signing Senate Bill 245 (Gonzalez), which would remove cost-sharing for abortion services, eliminating co-pays and co-insurance in commercial insurance for abortion. Senator Lena Gonzalez championed this legislation and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California celebrates her and her office’s commitment to increasing accessibility and affordability of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.
“Eliminating out-of-pocket costs for abortion for people with private insurance is a major step in California’s commitment to being a Reproductive Freedom state — making abortion services more accessible and affordable for all people in California,” said Jodi Hicks, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “SB 245 becoming law means that more Californians will be able to access the care they want, when they want. When it comes to reproductive health care, California’s leaders are once again showing what is possible when you prioritize accessibility, affordability, and equity.”
California is one of six states that require health insurance plans to cover abortion, and the fourth state to eliminate cost-sharing in commercial insurance. Californians enrolled in commercial health plans must still make hefty co-payments or deductibles to receive abortion that can range from forty dollars to thousands of dollars; these are cost-prohibitive for low- and middle-income families.
SB 245 (Gonzalez) is co-sponsored by ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, Black Women for Wellness Action Project, NARAL Pro-Choice California, the National Health Law Program, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC), and was supported by the California Future of Abortion Council.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of sexual and reproductive health care and sex education.