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Malloy pledges to maintain Planned Parenthood funding

February 14, 2018 GMT

HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday pledged to use taxpayer dollars to restore funding for Planned Parenthood if President Donald Trump and the Republican controlled Congress cuts the money.

“If the Republicans who control our federal government are intent on rolling back access to quality health care and reproductive rights — and they have shown repeatedly that they are — it is our job as state leaders to stand up for our residents,” Malloy said.

“In addition to preserving the most important elements of the Affordable Care Act, including a state-level individual mandate, our legislation ensures that — regardless of what happens in Washington — contraceptive care will remain cost-free for Connecticut women,” Malloy said.

“Access to contraception is a fundamental health care need, and we must do everything in our power to make sure it is accessible to every woman in our state, regardless of her income,” the governor said.

Planned Parenthood receives about $6 million a year from Medicaid to provide health care services. Malloy said he would seek to restore the federal funding if Trump eliminates the money.

Malloy’s plan includes passing legislation to “enshrine” key provisions of the Affordable Care Act into Connecticut state statute and reduce costs for consumers.

The governor also said he would prohibit cost-sharing for women’s reproductive health care, including birth control, and ensure that preventative services remain in reach for all women.

He also advocated a plan to keep health care costs down by creating a shared responsibility penalty of $500 if a person does not carry minimum health insurance. The money would go into a new health care assistance fund.