Legislature Announces Return of Bill That would End Copays of Abortion Trials in CA.
A stalled Senate bill that would end co-payments for abortion in California became back an active bill for next session following the Supreme Court ruling earlier this week not to block some abortion restrictions, The Roe v Wade ruling may soon be overturned, and the state recently announced that it will be a haven for women seeking an abortion.
Senate Act 245, written by Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), would not allow health or disability insurance policies to impose a deductible, co-insurance, co-payment, or other similar co-payment requirement for abortion and abortion-related services. Usage management and usage review of abortion services by health companies and plans would also be banned under the bill.
Essentially, SB 245, also known as the Abortion Access Act, would eliminate abortion costs for Californians, which range from $ 300 to $ 900 per procedure, depending on the type of abortion.
Had the bill passed the Senate earlier this year 31-8, but after a more difficult than expected vote in the Assembly subcommittee, subsequent hearings have been suspended in favor of other laws. It was officially added to the suspense file in July.
But with the legality of abortion under threat, state lawmakers are now bringing the bill back, urging that the matter is now urgent and will be a vital part of California’s new status as an abortion protection state.
“Given what we’ve seen over the past three months, I think this bill has a new urgency,” Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said Friday. âI am optimistic that it will listen well in the congregation and land on the governor’s desk. The state’s current tax surplus can help expand abortion services, but funding isn’t limited to taxpayers’ dollars. Nonprofits and community organizations have been raising money for years to help women who cannot afford abortions or who need travel money to get an abortion. This is a call to action to those who support abortion and reproductive rights to double the support we have provided for decades. “
Support, opposition to SB 245
While the bill is supported by the majority of lawmakers and Planned Parenthood, many healthcare providers and insurers oppose the bill, which will force back co-payments to healthcare providers. Anti-abortion groups are also strongly against the law, with religious groups leading the charges against the law. Many Catholic lawmakers have received additional pressure from faith groups.
“Earlier this year there were a lot of calls and emails from all kinds of church groups,” Dana, a state Capitol official, told the Globe on Friday. “Usually we see more than usual when something is rejected by the religions, but this time too we had more than the usual amount of it.”
âSo we’re expecting even more now, as many groups are fighting extra hard right now Roe versus Wade on the ropes for the first time in a long time. They don’t want California to be a safe haven for abortions when the rest of the country begins to block them. “
With at least 26 states ready to ban all or most abortions, reports suggest that if California did so, it would see a dramatic 3,000% increase in the number of people entering California for abortions.
SB 245 is slated to be reintroduced into state legislature next month and is expected to be fast-tracked before further restrictions on the abortion law can go into effect.