Statement: Health Care Workers Call on State Lawmakers to Reject Gov. Newsom’s Budget Cuts
Health care providers have been asked to make unprecedented personal sacrifices and “meet the moment.” In the face of this heroic effort, the Governor’s budget will undermine access to care for millions of Californians and hurt those who care for patients in underserved communities. These cuts disproportionately hurt low-income Californians, and those in rural and other underserved areas, at a time when California is losing hundreds of thousands of jobs, and more people than ever will need temporary assistance from the state to help them through this crisis.
“If the Governor’s budget is approved by the Legislature, Planned Parenthood will be forced to close health care centers and deny services across California,” said Jodi Hicks, CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “Access to reproductive health care services is essential and we know from previous recessions Planned Parenthood services will be needed even more. These cuts disproportionately target women who rely on Planned Parenthood as their primary care provider. California must continue to step up where the federal government has failed women.”
“Californians deserve a budget that truly reflects their values,” said Peter N. Bretan, M.D., president of the California Medical Association. “The Governor’s budget breaks the trust between California voters and their government, and puts health care for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of low-income patients at risk.”
“California voters approved Proposition 56 to ensure that all Californians, regardless of income status, had access to quality health and dental care,” said Richard Nagy, DDS, president of the California Dental Association. “We hope that the Legislature will reject these proposed cuts and ensure that health care is not simply a privilege reserved for the wealthy, but a promise we can keep for all Californians.”