The rule would create confusing administrative burdens for insurers and consumers alike when it comes to accessing health coverage for abortion
The administration wants to put the rule in effect for 2019 coverage. If implemented, it would make it almost impossible for health insurance plans in ACA marketplaces to cover abortion. By the administration’s own account, nearly 1.3 million people could potentially lose abortion coverage.
The rule would tack costly administrative burdens onto insurers — which would likely deter them from covering abortion altogether.ThinkProgress
The rule establishes a confusing billing process that would act as a barrier to accessing abortion coverage. Consumers would be sent two separate health care bills — including one just for abortion coverage — which they’d have to pay with two different checks. The process would increase the risk that people miss their health care payments and lose their health insurance coverage altogether.Mic
The administration says the rule will help align with federal requirements around separating funding for abortions. But the ACA already includes a harmful ban on federal funding being used for abortion except in cases of rape or incest, or that endanger a woman’s life. The Obama administration required health plans to separate funds for abortion coverage yet still ensure seamless coverage for consumers.The Washington Post
Without insurance coverage, an in-clinic abortion in the first trimester can cost up to $1,500.
Women across the country could lose access to coverage that includes abortion.
When health insurance plans cover pregnancy and childbirth but not abortion, women’s options are unfairly limited. About 1.3 million people are enrolled in health plans that cover abortions and would be affected by the policy change.
I was fortunate... I was lucky to have access to the procedure and really lucky to have insurance cover it.”
A mother in her early 20s who had an abortion