Trump administration threatens to cut health care funding in California over abortion coverage
Officials with the Department of Health and Social Services argued that the insurance requirement violated a federal law which prohibits governments from discriminating health care entities that do not provide, cover, or pay for abortions if taxpayer dollars are involved. HHS gives the state 30 days to comply or risk losing the funds it receives to run its health care programs.
“If states receive federal funds from the HHS or other agencies, they cannot discriminate against health plans that refuse to cover or pay for abortions. Period. Complete shutdown, ”said Roger Severino, director of the HHS Civil Rights Office. journalists Friday.
In 2014, California passed a law requiring all health insurance policies, including those offered by employers, to include abortion coverage.
Five other states – Maine, New York, Illinois, Oregon and Washington – have similar laws that require state-regulated private insurance plans to cover abortion and could face a similar complaint.
“The president and vice president are once again attacking women’s health in order to show up at today’s anti-choice rally,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra wrote on Twitter. “Make no mistake, this action against AC is just one more attempt to curtail women’s rights and access to abortion.”
Becerra, a Democrat, has sworn he will “fight by any means necessary” against the administration.
State law has previously been challenged by the Guadalupana Missionaries of the Holy Spirit Inc. and the Skyline Wesleyan Church. Although the Guadalupana Holy Spirit missionaries sued the state in 2019, the California Court of Appeals upheld the state’s abortion coverage requirement and the California Supreme Court refused to overturn the publication of this decision.
The Trump administration’s announcement comes on the same day as the planned March for Life, the annual anti-abortion protest in Washington, DC Trump will become the first sitting president to speak in person at the protest as he seeks to strengthen the support of his conservative base. before the November elections.