In advance of the June 30 constitutional deadline, Governor Newsom signed the fiscal year 2020 – 2021 state budget into law after an agreement was reached with legislative leaders.
Despite the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on state coffers, cuts to many health care and education programs were avoided by relying on better than expected state tax revenue projections, state savings, and the hope that additional federal funding will be secured. The budget maintains supplemental provider payments for sexual and reproductive health services provided to Medi-Cal and FPACT enrollees. This continued investment in essential health care will allow the state’s family planning safety-net to continue serving the millions of Californians that depend on them for care. The budget also preserves $7 million for STD prevention activities at a time when skyrocketing STD rates are affecting communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 across the state.
Thank Governor Newsom and legislative leaders for maintaining California’s commitment to protecting and expanding sexual and reproductive health care for all.
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