Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) is introducing the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” YESTERDAY. This bill would reverse the secrecy clause in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and require that all plans on the exchanges disclose whether or not the plan includes abortion. If the plan includes abortion, the plan must also disclose the amount of the abortion surcharge.

Background: Anyone who enrolls in a federally subsidized health care plan that covers elective abortions will pay a “abortion fee” of at least $1 per month into a fund to pay for abortion on demand (Section 1303(b)(2) of the ACA). In addition, under the secrecy clause, plans that cover abortion are only allowed to disclose the abortion surcharge “as a part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, at the time of enrollment” and information about the plan on the exchange may only list the total amount of the combined payments without specifying the surcharge (Section 1303(b)(3) of the ACA). Many families may choose a plan that covers abortion without realizing it or because that plan is the only one that covers the critical care that their family needs. The “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” amends the ACA to specify that plans must prominently disclose whether or not the plan includes abortion. In addition, if a plan includes abortion, the plan must disclose the amount of the abortion surcharge.

washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/9/smith-making-the-taxpayer-an-accessory-to-the-abor/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Why does it matter what the surcharge is? Is it possible to have the abortion item removed? If not, I would think just knowing whether or not the policy has abortion riders in it would be sufficient.

What is the purpose of only permitting notice of abortion coverage to enrollees at the time of enrollment (when they have already selected a plan or a plan has been selected for them by their employer), and specifying that the notice can only be part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, if not to hide the plan’s abortion coverage? Further, why the restrictions on advertising the amount of the abortion premium, if not to hide that required payment? The inclusion of these restrictions in the law can only be explained one way—as a deliberate attempt to prevent Americans from rejecting insurance plans that cover abortions.

aul.org/2012/04/why-huffington-post-is-wrong-on-abortion-in-the-affordable-care-act

Listen to ® Chris Smith and (D) Dan Lipinski on EWTN on this topic.

youtube.com/watch?v=4krWDbZwseE&feature=youtu.be

Cool. Finally a bipartisan proposal on this.

I don’t understand the point of this bill, period. Insurance providers have always detailed what their plans cover and at what rates. Even the ACA specifically requires health plan providers to provide this information in their summary of benefits and coverage at the time of enrollment. If someone “accidentally” buys a plan that covers abortion then its their own fault for not reading what it was they were buying.

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