The Trump administration said Wednesday it was cutting $200 million in federal healthcare funding to California because the state requires insurance providers to cover abortions.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it will withhold the funding from Medicaid in the new fiscal quarter starting in January and “if the state does not come into compliance” the department will cut an additional $200 million per fiscal quarter.
The administration warned California earlier this year that it could lose federal funding over a 2014 regulation mandating that employers and private insurance plans pay for abortions.
- Joe Biden could easily get rid of Trump’s latest nonsense once Xavier Becerra is confirmed as HHS Secretary.
- In an email to the Associated Press, Governor Newsom criticized the move as an attempt “to score cheap political points,” and “will continue to stand up for reproductive health and push back against this extreme presidential overreach.”