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Newsom Wants to Spend Millions on the Health of Low-Income Mothers and Their Babies  

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Amid a pandemic that has pushed millions of mothers out of the workplace , caused fertility rates to plunge and heightened the risk of death for pregnant women , California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers are seeking a slate of health proposals for low-income families and children. Newsom, a self-described feminist and the father of four young children, has long advocated family-friendly health and economic policies. Flush with a projected budget surplus of $75.7 billion, state politicians have come up with myriad legislative and budget proposals to make poorer families healthier and wealthier. Flush with a projected budget surplus of $75.7 billion, state politicians have come up with myriad legislative proposals to make poorer families healthier and wealthier. They include ending sales taxes on menstrual products and diapers ; adding benefits such as doulas and early childhood trauma screenings to Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program; allowing pregnant women to retain Medi-Cal coverage for a year after giving birth; and a pilot program to provide a universal basic income to low-income new parents. “COVID-19 laid inequity bare for all to see,” Assembly member Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) said in a written statement.

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