The state of California told the Trump administration Friday that it would continue to require health plans in the state to cover abortion services and accused the administration of illegally threatening to withhold federal aid to California to try to force a change. Becerra also pointed out that less than four years ago, the federal health agency concluded that California’s policy complied with federal rules. AdvertisementDespite that earlier ruling, the Trump administration in January informed California that it had concluded that the state’s abortion policy ran afoul of federal law. California is among six states — including New York, Illinois and Washington — that require health plans being sold in the state to cover abortion services. Further, Becerra charged the Trump administration with attempting to illegally expand the scope of the Weldon amendment, which does not prohibit abortion coverage.
Source: Los Angeles Times February 21, 2020 21:33 UTC