Doubles funding to $100 million for expanded access and services
SACRAMENTO – Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California today applauded Governor Gavin Newsom’s historic investment in reproductive health in his 2019-2020 budget proposal.
“As we endure a relentless war from the Trump Administration, Governor Newsom is boldly moving to expand access to sexual and reproductive health care and protect our rights. We support the Governor’s budget that provides $100 million to meet today’s urgent needs, expand access to underserved communities and invest in future capacity. At the same time that Donald Trump prepares to cut $10 million for basic health care services, like birth control, Governor Newsom is investing $100 million in sexual and reproductive health care services. As Donald Trump defunds, Gavin Newsom delivers,” commented Crystal Strait, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California President & CEO.
The 2019-2020 budget proposal doubles the previous $50 million allocation from Proposition 56, fully funding the Health Initiative proposed by Planned Parenthood.
The Planned Parenthood Health Initiative has three main elements:
Delivering Health Care to Meet Urgent and Unmet Needs of Patients: Enables trusted providers to provide additional testing, screening, treatment, and care coordination for comprehensive reproductive health including cancer prevention and Sexually Transmitted Infections, plus health issues connected to behavioral health, maternal health, and child development.
Expanding Access for Underserved Communities: Fills the gap to reduce geographic health care shortages and support new health centers with longer, more flexible hours.
Investing in Capacity for the Future: Expands telemedicine to reach more patients more efficiently and develops partnerships to deliver school-based sexual health education
A fact sheet with more details on the Initiative is attached.
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 reproductive and preventive health care, family planning and comprehensive sexual health education.