Medical students and physicians from across the state of California made their way to Sacramento last week to advocate for legislation that would improve access to safe, reliable birth control. The bill, SB 999, would require all health care service plans and insurers to cover up to 12-months of FDA-approved contraception when dispensed at one time.
Physicians for Reproductive Health partnered with TEACH — Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare – to participate in the advocacy day. Our group visited 16 legislative offices, both Democratic and Republican, which included a meeting with Governor Jerry Brown’s Legislative Director for Health, Donna Campbell. A number of our advocates also rallied on the steps of the State Capitol in support of repealing the Maximum Family Grant Rule, which denies basic needs subsidies for children born to women receiving CalWorks grants.