Statement by Kathy Kneer, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, regarding today’s release of the Governor’s May Revise.
“We appreciate Gov. Jerry Brown’s recognition in the May Revise, that federal defunding threats to Planned Parenthood ‘could send the state budget into turmoil.’ Unfortunately, low Medi-Cal reimbursement rates pose the more immediate threat to reproductive health providers.
“Planned Parenthood can’t fight Congress and the Trump Administration if we have to close health center doors, which is a very real possibility without a rate increase. We look forward to working with Legislative leadership and the Governor to use Tobacco Tax funds to increase Medi-Cal reimbursement rates so we have the resources to continue to serve more than 850,000 patients today and fight against threats in the future.”