Legislature says no to $24 million budget increase sought by Planned Parenthood.
When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the $145.5 billion 2007-2008 state budget on Aug. 24, it did not include any increase in reimbursement rates for Medi-Cal services, despite a massive public relations campaign launched by Planned Parenthood. In fact, using his line-item veto, Schwarzenegger cut $332 million in Medi-Cal spending.
On Sept. 11, a California Catholic Daily reporter posing as sympathetic to Planned Parenthood, telephoned the Sacramento headquarters of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California – the group's statewide political lobbying arm – to a ask whether the recently approved state budget includes the fiercely sought increase in Medi-Cal reimbursement fees. A spokeswoman for PPAC's public policy office said the legislature did not include the increase and that it was not part of the budget Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law. "But we have not given up," she said. "Maybe not this year, but next year."
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