California Has Room To Improve on Women’s Access to Care, Office of Women’s Health Chief Says
California is "on par" with the rest of the nation in terms of women's access to health care, but the state "still has a long way to go" to eliminate barriers to care, Elizabeth Saviano, chief of the state Office of Women's Health, told participants Saturday at the ninth annual UCSF Women's Health Conference 2020. Saviano noted that California has made advances in women's access to health care, including reducing the number of uninsured women, allowing women to obtain emergency contraception without a prescription and covering abortions for low-income women through state Medi-Cal funding. But more than two million California women, many of whom are foreign-born and face "economic barriers," remain uninsured, Saviano said. She noted that in 2000, almost 36% of the state's uninsured women were Hispanic, and most could not speak English and had annual incomes lower than $20,000. During the conference, more than 500 women discussed various health issues, including stress reduction and menopause (Brice, Associated Press, 3/16).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.