Tag Archives: Abortion

CMS Beefs Up Enforcement On QHP Coverage Of Abortions Outside The Hyde Amendment

CMS has reminded QHPs to 1) not seek tax credits or cost-sharing reduction reimbursement for non-Hyde abortion coverage; 2) provide an annual notice regarding coverage of non-Hyde abortions; and 3) charge and collect no less than $1 per enrollee per month for coverage of non-Hyde abortion services.

October 7, 2017

Senate GOP Leadership Unveils Latest Version Of Health Reform Legislation

On July 13, 2017, Senate GOP leaders released an amended version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would allow insurers to offer bare-bones plans. This post addresses the private insurance sections of the amendment. A subsequent post by Sara Rosenbaum will discuss Medicaid changes.

July 13, 2017

Conservatives Are Using The American Health Care Act To Restrict Private Insurance From Covering Abortion

While House Republicans find themselves divided on a wide range of important issues in the American Health Care Act , in one area they are united. The new legislation's language barring federal money from being used to support any private insurance plan that covers abortion.

March 21, 2017

Reproductive Health Under Assault

The outcome of the 2016 elections has set into motion an expected but nonetheless deeply damaging anti-abortion agenda that is slowly taking form in the Trump administration’s early days -- aided by the Republican majority House and Senate.

March 3, 2017

ACA Pregnancy Termination, Gender Identity Protections Blocked; Wellness Program Incentives Survive (Updated)

A judge has preliminarily enjoined protections regarding pregnancy termination and gender identity in an ACA nondiscrimination rule. Another judge refused to block regulations allowing employers to offer incentives for employees to disclose medical information in connection with wellness programs.

January 2, 2017

Plaintiffs Say ACA Equity Rules Illegally Require Abortion, Gender Transition Services

A new lawsuit alleges that regulations implementing ACA nondiscrimination provisions force the plaintiff professionals and facilities to provide gender transition services against their medical judgment and religious beliefs. It also asserts that the regulations require abortion coverage.

August 24, 2016

When Common Sense And Public Health Prevail: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

The Supreme Court's 5-3 majority ruling overturning two restrictions on abortion in Texas represents a full-throated reaffirmation of the balancing test first set forth by the Court 25 years ago in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern United States v. Casey.

July 1, 2016

The Public Health Implications Of The FDA’s Update To The Medication Abortion Label

On March 29, 2016, the FDA approved updated labeling for mifepristone, also known as the abortion pill. The label update reaffirms that medication abortion is very safe and highly effective and has the potential to increase access to medication abortion in this country.

June 30, 2016

Is There Any Room Left For Empirical Research On Family Planning?

A recent evaluation of the impact of Texas’ exclusion of Planned Parenthood from a fee-for-service family planning program quickly sparked an aggressive response from state legislators. Placed in the context of increasing polarization, the space for empiricism in debates over politicized health...

June 28, 2016

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: Quantifying The Case’s Potential Impact On Abortion Access And Women’s Health

In April 2013, there were 41 facilities providing abortion services in Texas, and now there are 18. Depending on what the US Supreme Court decides in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, there could be as few as nine or 10 facilities left in the state.

March 1, 2016