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Free Choice in Family Planning Act Heads to Governor’s Desk

SACRAMENTO – SB 743 Seeks to Protect Reproductive Health Access in Trump Era. Last week, SB 743 – the Freedom of Choice in Family Planning Act – cleared the California State Legislature and will head to the Governor’s desk for signature.  The measure, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) and co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and Essential Access Health, would ensure that millions of Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care plans will continue to access essential health services like time-sensitive contraception and STD testing and treatment from providers they trust for high quality care.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS) spending package for fiscal year (FY) 2018 that maintains Title X federal family planning funding at current levels of $287 million and if enacted, will protect access to essential health services for the millions of low-income individuals that rely on Title X for care across the country. Over 1,000,000 women, men and teens are served by...

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Trump admin delays spark fear for family planning groups over funding - “We are concerned about the disruption of services. Family planning is a time-sensitive service, and when you need to get birth control, it’s pretty important to be able to get that when you need it,” said Julie Rabinovitz, president and CEO of Essential Access Health in California, the largest family planning grantee in the U.S.