Lawmakers Announce Return of Bill That Would End Copays California Abortion Procedure
A stalled Senate bill that would end co-payment for abortions in California was pushed back to active bill for the next session this week after the Supreme Court ruled not to block certain restrictions abortion, the Roe v. Wade may be canceled soon, and the state recently announced that they will be a sanctuary state for women seeking abortions.
Senate Bill 245, drafted by Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), would not allow health care plans or disability insurance policies to impose a deductible, coinsurance, co-pay share or other similar cost-sharing requirement on abortion and abortion-related services. Managing the use and reviewing the use of abortion services by businesses and health care plans would also be prohibited under the bill.
Essentially, SB 245, also known as the Abortion Access Act, would eliminate out-of-pocket fees for Californians wishing to abort, ranging from $ 300 to $ 900 per procedure depending on the type of abortion they seek.
The bill was passed by the Senate earlier this year 31-8, but after a more difficult-than-expected vote in the Assembly subcommittee, subsequent hearings were suspended in favor of other legislation. He was officially placed on the waiting record in July.
But with the legality of abortion threatened, state lawmakers are now bringing back the bill, urging that the issue is now urgent and will be a crucial part of California’s new status as a Sanctuary State of the United States. ‘abortion.
“Given what we have seen unfold over the past three months, I think there is a new urgency for this bill,” Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said on Friday. “I am optimistic that he will get a good hearing in the Assembly and hit the governor’s office. The state’s current tax surplus can help expand abortion services, but funding isn’t limited to taxpayer dollars. For years, nonprofits and community organizations have raised funds to help women who cannot afford an abortion or who need money to travel to get one. This is a call to action for those who support abortion and reproductive rights to double the support we have been giving them for decades.
Support, opposition against SB 245
While the bill is supported by the majority of lawmakers and Planned Parenthood, many healthcare providers and insurers oppose the bill by forcing co-payment on healthcare providers. Anti-abortion groups are also strongly against the bill, with church groups leading the charge against the bill. Many Catholic lawmakers have come under additional pressure from faith groups.
“There were a lot of calls and emails from all kinds of church groups earlier this year,” “Dana,” a state Capitol member told The Globe on Friday. “We usually see more than usual when something religiously opposed comes up, but we’ve had more than usual this time around as well.”
“So we are waiting even more now, because many groups are fighting very hard at the moment with Roe vs. Wade on the ropes for the first time in a long time. They don’t want California to become a safe haven for abortions when most of the rest of the country begins to block them. “
With at least 26 states set to ban all or most abortions, reports indicate that if that happened, California would see a dramatic 3,000% increase in the number of people coming to California for abortions.
SB 245 is expected to be reintroduced into the state legislature next month and is expected to be “fast-tracked” before more restrictions in the abortion law can come into play.