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Health Agencies Update
March 24/31, 2020

Government Cites California for Violating Federal Conscience Laws

JAMA. 2020;323(12):1123. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3016

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a Notice of Violation of federal conscience laws to the state of California because it mandated that all health insurance plans provide coverage for abortions.

California began mandating that all plans provide coverage for abortion in 2014. Previously, about 28 000 Californians were covered by plans that did not provide coverage for abortion, according to the HHS.