VIDEO: 3 Bay Area Planned Parenthood clinics close today

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Planned Parenthood supporters rally for women's access to reproductive health care on "National Pink Out Day'' at Los Angeles City Hall. One of President-elect Donald Trump’s first, and defining, acts next year could come on Republican legislation to cut off taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood. Trump sent mixed signals during the campaign about the 100-year-old organization which provides birth control, abortions and various women's health services. He said "millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood," but also endorsed efforts to defund it. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Three Bay Area Planned Parenthood clinics are shutting down Friday due to limited funding, according to officials.

The Pittsburg, Richmond, and Vacaville locations are all closing along with several others across the country.

Clinics in Fairfield, Napa, Vallejo, and Woodland can help take in the displaced patients. However, they too could face budget cuts.

Planned Parenthood officials say a combination of problems, old and new, are prompting the closures.

The two main factors that lead to the closings are:

  1. For years the federal government’s reimbursements to Planned Parenthood for treating Medi-Cal patients has been less than what it actually costs Planned Parenthood to treat those patients. Prop 56, the tobacco tax increase, was supposed to help healthcare providers fill that deficit. However, despite the tax passing and tobacco prices skyrocketing, the state budget did not pass along the promised reimbursement funds to providers.
  2. Republican proposals to defund Planned Parenthood.  That threat isn’t new, but both the House and Senate’s proposed Obamacare alternatives would remove Planned Parenthood funding for a year, they also propose large cuts to Medicaid.

Catch live reports from KRON4’s Lydia Pantazes at the top of every hour on the KRON4 Morning News for more details.



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