California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom

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California Takes a Stand: Over 25 Reproductive Health and Rights Advocates OPPOSE Any ACA Repeal
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The California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF) has delivered a direct message to the California Congressional Delegation to express our strong opposition to current federal efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will threaten reproductive health access and reverse the progress our state has made in expanding health coverage and consumer protections.

 

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July 13, 2017                                                    Contact: Juana Rosa Cavero, Executive Director, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom 

California’s Statewide Coalition of Reproductive Freedom Advocates Oppose Affordable Care Act Repeal Efforts That Jeopardize Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice 

Los Angeles – The California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF) has delivered a direct message to the California Congressional Delegation to express our strong opposition to current federal efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will threaten reproductive health access and reverse the progress our state has made in expanding health coverage and consumer protections.

Over 50% of California’s Medi-Cal recipients are women. Medi-Cal finances half of all births in the state, and over 80% of the state’s publicly funded family planning services. Current proposals to cut federal funding to Medicaid would jeopardize the health and financial security of millions of Californians, and over time would likely force the state to eliminate or curtail access to comprehensive reproductive health services.

In California, the nearly­ 4 million people enrolled in Medi-Cal Expansion would lose their coverage, and millions more would lose access to the protections afforded by the ACA that helped keep their health coverage costs low and ensured their access to critical health services.

Moreover, if we consider what communities will be most impacted, people of color represent 68% of Medi-Cal enrollees. The proposed federal cuts to the Medicaid program threaten the economic security of these Medi-Cal enrollees, and would further complicate already existing health disparities in critical areas such as maternal morbidity and mortality.

The reality for these families and to the state means a loss of comprehensive reproductive health care, such as maternity care, infant neo-natal care, family planning and abortion care. And as stated in CCRF’s letter to our Congress members, making prior pregnancies, cancer treatment and C-sections a pre-existing condition will further burden California families.

CCRF stands in solidarity with advocates across the state to protect health care and ensure that reproductive health and freedoms are not taken away from Californians.

For more information and links to resources to defend the ACA and reproductive freedom, visit our website here.

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The California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom is a statewide alliance of nearly 40 organizations reflecting a multitude of constituencies and approaches, including medical, legal, grassroots, faith-based, consumer advocacy, and community-based organization working to maximize policy impact in women’s health and reproductive rights.


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