Aetna Agrees to Pay $4.5M in Fines for Illegally Covering Abortions

Marking the largest insurance fine in state history, Aetna has agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines to the state of Missouri for paying for abortions for women who had no such coverage in their policies, and for failing to include coverage for autism disorders in policies issued here.

Missouri law requires any women requesting abortion coverage in a health plan to pay for the coverage through a separate rider. Apparently, Aetna paid claims for abortions for women in Missouri that did not have such a rider on their policy. This begs the question, why would Aetna pay for a procedure that was not covered in these policies?

The MCC will be investigating this further and will keep you posted. In the meantime, here is a story about the agreement.

 

Posted: May 22, 2015

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