Abortion: Private and Public Coverage

Abortion: Private and Public Coverage | In the News

States continue to pass new restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion regardless of whether a woman receives her insurance from the government, including Medicaid, or from a private insurer. Some of these restrictions would be applied to the health care exchanges being created under federal health care reform.

Study finds increase in birth rates after Texas' Planned Parenthood funding cuts
The birth rate among low-income women who previously obtained contraception from clinics in Texas increased after the state cut funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning clinics affiliated with abortion providers, according to a Texas Policy Evaluation Project study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Los Angeles Times' "Science Now" reports.

Lawmakers Push Antiabortion-Rights Legislation Related to Calif. Rule on Abortion Coverage
Conservative lawmakers are trying to pass antiabortion-rights legislation related to an ongoing investigation into a California requirement that the state's insurers must provide abortion coverage, The Hill reports.

Analysis Finds Abortion Coverage Varies Widely by State Marketplace Plans Under ACA
Abortion coverage included in health care plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) health insurance marketplaces varies widely by state, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the International Business Times reports.

In Op-Ed, Maine Abortion Providers Advocate for Abortion Access for Low-Income Women
In an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News, Andrea Irwin, executive director of Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center; George Hill, president and CEO of Maine Family Planning; and Meagan Gallagher, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, call on the state's Medicaid program to stop excluding abortion coverage.

Lawsuits Against Three Tennessee Antiabortion-Rights Laws on Hold Pending Ruling on HB 2
Lawsuits against three Tennessee antiabortion-rights laws have been put on hold pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a "substantially similar" Texas omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2), the Tennessean reports.

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Abortion: Private and Public Coverage | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Abortion: Private and Public Coverage.

Walker v. Jesson
Demand in state court for declaratory and injunctive relief against the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), accusing DHS of using public funds to pay for non-therapeutic abortions for indigent women.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. Streur
State court challenge to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services regulations and statute that severely restrict the circumstances under which the state will provide Medicaid coverage for medically necessary abortions.

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast v. Kliebert
Federal court challenge to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's order to terminate Louisiana's Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri v. Praeger
Federal court challenge to a Kansas law that prohibits insurance coverage of abortion and abortion-related services.

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