Maryland became the first state to pass a bill that will reimburse Planned Parenthood for its services if the government cuts funding.
Fifteen bills became law in Maryland on Thursday without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, including a measure that makes Maryland the first state to agree to reimburse Planned Parenthood clinics for its services if the federal government defunds the organization, reports The Washington Post.
The General Assembly sent 27 bills to Hogan’s desk last week, giving itself enough time to override any veto. Like 14 other bills, the measure went into effect after a midnight deadline without the Republican governor’s signature.
The measure, which takes effect July 1, allocates nearly $3 million to help pay for Planned Parenthood services.
Supporters of the legislation also claim that it will help protect access to preventative care services for nearly 25,000 Planned Parenthood patients at nine health centers in the state if the federal government decides to cut funding.
The bill would use $2 million from Maryland’s Medicaid budget and $700,000 from the state’s general fund to pay for family planning organization’s services should it lose access to federal funds, according to The Associated Press.
Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for Hogan, declined to comment on why the governor allowed the bills to move forward without his signature, says the report.
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