CLEVELAND, Ohio – Starting this week, California will limit state-funded travel to Ohio due to the Ohio biennial budget provision passed July 1 that allows state medical providers to deny care to LGBTQ patients.
The ban begins Sept. 30, according to a press release from California Attorney General Rob Bonta.
“Blocking access to vital care is a mistake. Period, ”says the press release. “Whether it’s refusing a prescription for a drug that prevents the spread of HIV, refusing to provide gender-affirming care, or violating a woman’s right to choose, [Ohio] HB 110 needlessly endangers the health of Americans.
Ohio is the 18th state to be added to California’s list of state sponsored restricted travel.
In July, when Gov. Mike DeWine was asked by reporters why he had not vetoed the care denial provision of the biennial budget, he played down the issue.
“People will not be discriminated against when it comes to medical care,” DeWine said. “We have a vibrant health care system in the state of Ohio. We have excellent doctors. We have excellent nurses. We have great systems.
“It’s not a problem, it hasn’t been a problem in the state of Ohio and I don’t expect it to be a problem,” DeWine continued.
Major Ohio associations representing hospitals, doctors and health insurance providers, as well as LGBTQ rights groups, have opposed the provision.
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