This issue brief reviews current federal and state policies on private insurance coverage of abortion services, and how the Premium Relief Act of 2017 would affect abortion coverage for women enrolled in the individual market and some small group plans.
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This data note presents an interactive map that tracks which states have made declarations defining abortions as non-essential or elective health procedures and effectively blocking the provision of abortion services during the outbreak.
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This issue brief explains the legal and factual issues in dispute and the reviews the potential implications of different rulings in the case of June Medical Services v. Russo, which could have significant implications for women’s access to abortion and could eliminate the right of abortion providers to bring legal challenges to state and federal laws and policies.
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This interactive map shows the increase in states with laws restricting abortion coverage in Medicaid and private insurance since 2010.
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Analysis: Insurance Riders to Cover Abortion Services Not Available to Women in States That Restrict Abortion Coverage
In 10 states, insurance plans are currently banned from including abortion as a covered service in state-regulated private plans — all individually purchased policies and fully-insured group plans. Most of these laws do not include exceptions for rape, incest, or health endangerment. In nine of these states, insurers may sell…
This data note explores the extent to which abortion riders are available in the states that restrict abortion coverage in state-regulated private plans and permit insurance carriers to sell abortion riders.
This brief looks at one of the key outstanding questions about the potential impact of the expanded Mexico City Policy (or “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance”): the size of the universe of affected NGOs.
The American Health Care Act passed by House Republicans in May would go further than existing law to restrict the availability of abortion coverage through private insurance policies. It would ban abortion coverage in all marketplace plans as well as prohibit the use of federal tax credits to purchase any…
This issue brief reviews current federal and state policies on private insurance coverage of abortion services, and the potential conflict between the AHCA provision and state laws regulating private insurance.
What Is the Scope of the Mexico City Policy: Assessing Abortion Laws in Countries That Receive U.S. Global Health Assistance
This data note assesses how the Mexico City Policy affects the provision of legal abortion services in U.S. assisted countries. The policy requires foreign NGOs to certify that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning” using funds from any source (including non-U.S. funds) as a condition for receiving most U.S. government global health assistance.
Poll: Early Perceptions of House Bill Show Public Thinks It Would Cover Fewer People and Raise Health Costs
Republicans More Likely to Expect Positive Changes Than Democrats or Independents Large Majority Favors Continued Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthood Fielded March 6-12 as Americans were first learning about the American Health Care Act and before the Congressional Budget Office estimated its effects, the latest Kaiser Tracking Poll shows that…
The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll examines the public’s early attitudes towards the House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and finds that more expect the new plan will make things worse rather than better when it comes to the number of people with coverage and costs for those buying insurance on their own. The survey also measures public support for continuing current federal Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, gauges the importance of various ACA provisions for women’s and children’s health, and revisits the public’s knowledge on key provisions included in the health care law.
This Visualizing Health Policy infographic examines state policies related to abortion and their intersection with clinical practice. Nine of 10 reported abortions in the United States are in the first trimester. Between 2003 and 2012, the abortion rate decreased 18% among women aged 15 to 44 years. Twenty-five states have…