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Trump Administration Wants New Restriction on Abortion Coverage

Jan 22, 2019

By Ally Boguhn

The Trump administration proposed a rule Thursday that includes a provision restricting insurance coverage for abortion care. Health-care experts said the rule is meant to steer insurers away from covering abortion services.

The abortion restriction was included in a proposed “2020 Payment Notice” from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If finalized, it would “require that insurance companies that offer [Affordable Care Act] plans covering abortions of pregnancies that do not threaten the life of the mother or result from rape or incest must also offer at least one identical plan in the same geographic area that does not cover these abortions,” according to a press release Friday touting the administration’s recent anti-choice policies.

“The rule would not apply in states with abortion coverage mandates,” the press release noted.

Megan Donovan, senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, told Rewire.News Friday that the administration’s proposed rule was “another attempt to disincentivize insurers from offering abortion coverage—to restrict abortion coverage to the full extent that they can and just make it that much harder for insurers to include coverage in their plans by putting on another requirement.”

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