Bay Area Planned Parenthood going broke

Planned Parenthood officials will close three Bay Area clinics by the end of June, and it could get worse. They’re learning the hard way that you can only give away free stuff for so long before the money runs out.

Facilities in Richmond, Pittsburg and Vacaville will close June 30 as health reimbursements for the state’s poor continue to shrink, according to Miriam Gerace, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Northern California.

With Congress in May passing the American Health Care Act — a repeal plan for the Affordable Care Act — the women’s health organization could lose even more funding. That plan would cut all federal funding for an entire year to Planned Parenthood.

“Medical reimbursement rates have not kept up with the times,” Gerace said. “That has an impact on us right here and right now in California.”

Almost nine out of 10 Planned Parenthood patients are on Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor.

Source: Mercury News


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