Gavin Newsom is making abortion free in California
On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation prohibiting insurers from introducing co-payments, deductibles and other co-payments for abortion services.
SB245, also known as the Abortion Accessibility Act, was introduced into California legislation by Long Beach Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez early last year. The governor’s office announced that they are one of six states that require health insurance companies to cover abortion procedures.
Newsom’s new law goes a step further by eliminating co-payments for abortion procedures. The hundreds of dollars in costs are offset by increased bonuses for workers and their employers.
“This law would allow a health care plan or an individual or group policy or certificate of medical insurance or student flat-rate disability insurance issued on or after 1 , co-payment or other co-payment requirements for coverage of all abortions and abortion-related services, as indicated,” reads it in the bill.
It also prohibits health care plans from requiring “usage management or verification of the use of coverage for outpatient abortion services.”
“The bill would require that a contract, certificate or policy that is a high-deductible healthcare plan be subject to the co-payment ban once the enroller’s or insured’s deductible for the benefit year is met,” he continued adding that the bill would not cover experimental or investigational treatments.
According to the Associated Press, The bill is seen as a preemptive attempt to respond if the US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade picks up. 26 states in the US are likely to ban or restrict abortion if it does.
Newsom’s wife made comments suggesting that California officials expect such a result from SCOTUS.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom said on Twitter the day the bill was signed, “Faced with nationwide attacks on reproductive rights, CA has taken action to improve access to reproductive care by removing costly barriers.”
“While states across the country try to push us back by restricting basic reproductive rights, California continues to protect and promote reproductive freedom for all,” Gov. Newsom said in a press release.
“Through this legislation, we will help ensure fair and affordable access to abortion services so that out-of-pocket costs don’t stand in the way of care,” he added.
It is not the first step for state lawmakers to respond to abortion-related restrictions. Last week, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee approved a measure banning legal action against or assisting abortion seekers. It’s the polar opposite of what Texas first introduced in 2021.
On Thursday, the Arizona Legislature tuned for a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk for signing.