Government Report Indicates Many Health Exchange Plans Include Coverage for Abortion

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) published a report last week indicating that over 1,000 health insurance plans issued nationally in many state health insurance exchanges established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) include coverage for elective abortions.

The ACA permits health insurance plans set up through the state exchanges to include abortion coverage when necessary to save the life of the mother and in instances of rape or incest. However, coverage for elective abortions requires payment of a separate premium and only when permitted by state law.

The GAO report also indicates that insurance plans offered in those states that allow elective abortion coverage do not always make clear to policy holders that elective abortion is part of their plan, meaning that some policy holders may be paying for elective abortion coverage without knowing it.

Also, many such plans are not itemizing elective abortion services as a separate covered service and are not collecting a separate premium as required by the ACA.

Abortion is not healthcare! The US Senate is currently considering two bills to address these concerns – the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. To send a pre-composed message to both of Missouri’s US Senators, click here.

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