Rhode Island takes next step to fund abortions for state employees, Medicaid recipients

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee on Friday said the state is moving forward in the effort to approve funding for the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act.

Matthew Sheaff, McKee’s senior communication advisor, said the Department of Administration and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services are submitting their budget requests to the Office of Management and Budget and both House and Senate fiscal advisors.

“This begins the FY2024 budget development process,” he said.

The Department of Administration and EOHHS’ proposal will provide insurance coverage for abortion-related services for state employees and people enrolled in Medicaid, said Sheaff.

The McKee administration will review the submissions to “develop the final proposal for January.”

According to McKee’s campaign, “We are one step closer to ensuring reproductive freedom for all Rhode Islanders.”

“Governor McKee has not only protected a woman’s right to choose, he has promised to strengthen those protections. And Governor McKee has once again delivered on that promise,” said Alana O’Hare, the governor’s campaign communications director.

O’Hare added that unlike McKee’s opponent, Ashley Kalus, “who would veto a budget that includes the EACA , Governor McKee stands with Rhode Island women and fights for them.”

In a statement to ABC 6 News Friday, Matt Hanrahan, Kalus’ campaign spokesperson, said the gubernatorial hopeful “will not do anything to weaken those protections for women.”

“Ashley would not support any effort to overturn the 2019 law. She stands with the overwhelming majority of Rhode Islanders, 77%, that do not support late-term or taxpayer-funded abortions,” he added.

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