State says insurers must cover elective abortions

By From page A6 | August 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans.

Although the federal Affordable Care Act does not require employers to provide workers with health insurance that includes abortion coverage, the director of California’s Department of Managed Health Care said in a letter to seven insurance companies on Friday that a 1975 state law prohibits them from selling group plans that exclude the procedure.

Jesuit-run Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University notified employees last fall that they planned to stop paying for elective abortions. The two schools said their insurers, Anthem Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente, had cleared the move with the state.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • JimboAugust 24, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Just to be clear NO EMPLOYER PAYS FOR SPECIFIC MEDICAL PROCEDURES. They pay an insurance company for health coverage, period. Then try dictating to the insurer how to do their job and what to cover.

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  • JimboAugust 24, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    In fact an employer would be prevented BY LAW to even getting knowledge of private medical information on their employees.

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