A Rhode Islander’s lawsuit against the state’s online health insurance marketplace over abortion coverage has been resolved. An elective abortion is the termination of a pregnancy at the mother’s request. Until earlier this year, every plan offered on HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, covered such procedures.
A Rhode Island man sued HealthSource RI, saying his religious beliefs prevented him from paying for insurance that might cover an abortion. Now there’s one plan, at the so-called bronze level – that excludes coverage of elective abortions.
And HealthSource RI director Anya Rader Wallack said things will be different next year. “There will be a wider array of health plans available in the market and on HealthSource RI,” said Wallack.
The state’s office of the health commissioner has asked insurers to propose a plan in each price category – or metal level – that excludes coverage of elective abortions. Insurers will be filing their proposals for all new health insurance plans and they prices they hope to charge in the coming weeks.
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