Womens Health

Insurance Providers Largely Ignore Abortion Provision, Report Says

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The Affordable Care Act provision that requires individuals pay separately for their abortion coverage is largely being ignored by insurance providers, according to a watchdog report.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for abortions.

"Today's GAO report confirms that under the president's health care law, abortions are being paid for with taxpayer funds by more than 1,000 exchange plans across the country," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement Tuesday. "This information has been hidden from the American public for years by the Obama Administration, which repeatedly denied congressional requests for its public release."

In 2010, President Barack Obama issued an executive order barring federal funding for abortion coverage. The GOA is accusing the administration of misleading the public, Fox News reported.

According to the report, 17 of 18 providers surveyed said they did not bill policyholders separately for abortion coverage.

“(The insurance providers) did not itemize the premium amount associated with non-excepted abortion services coverage on enrollees’ bills nor indicate that they send a separate bill for that premium amount,” the report said. It says of the 18 providers, “all but three issuers indicated that the [abortion coverage] benefit is not subject to any restrictions, limitations, or exclusions.”

“The GAO has found ObamaCare massively funds abortion on demand,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey.

“The promises have been broken,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee. “The American people don’t trust this administration.”

“There is no transparency,” said Rep. Pitts, R-Pennsylvania. “This is a violation of the commitment they gave us.”

Sources: Fox News, Politico

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