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SACRAMENTO—Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) released the following statement from President and CEO Jodi Hicks on Governor Newsom’s Revised budget:

“Planned Parenthood thanks Governor Newsom for his continued commitment to reproductive health care in his proposed budget. The investments included are critical in the pursuit of accessibility and equity for California patients and those forced to seek care here.

“Planned Parenthood also joins fellow provider organizations in acknowledging the steps being taken to see that the Medi-Cal program better serves the people who need it through the renewal of the Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax. As community health centers, the vast majority of the patient population seen at Planned Parenthood statewide have insurance coverage through Medi-Cal. Direct investments in Medi-Cal have a direct impact on the communities that Planned Parenthood serves, opening the door to care for patients who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to access it. We look forward to continuing to work with other providers, the Administration, and the Legislature to ensure health care dollars are directed effectively and quickly to improve equity and accessibility where it is needed the most.”