Gavin Newsom makes abortion free in California

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On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a rule that forbids insurances from implementing co-pays, deductibles, and other cost-sharing for abortion services.

SB 245, otherwise known as the Abortion Accessibility Act, was introduced to the California legislation early last year by Long Beach Senator Lena A. Gonzalez. The governor’s office touted that they were one of six states that require health insurance providers to cover abortion procedures.

Newsom’s new law takes the mandate a step further, as it eliminates out-of-pocket fees for abortion procedures. The hundreds of dollars in costs are being offset by increased premiums for working people and their employers.

“This bill would prohibit a health care service plan or an individual or group policy or certificate of health insurance or student blanket disability insurance that is issued, amended, renewed, or delivered on or after January 1, 2023, from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, copayment, or any other cost-sharing requirement on coverage for all abortion and abortion-related services, as specified,” the bill states.

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