Senate Pro-Life Chair Criticizes Proposed ACA Abortion Billing Rule| National Catholic Register

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The chair of the Senate pro-life caucus on Tuesday criticized a proposed loosening of safeguards against taxpayer funding of abortion coverage on health exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. “Abortion is not healthcare and taxpayers should not be subsidizing it,” stated Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., chair and founder of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, on Tuesday. “This is another move by President Biden and Secretary Becerra to promote their abortion agenda above following the law, and is even more alarming as Democrats look to increase taxpayer subsidies for Obamacare,” he stated. The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a rule change for how abortion coverage is billed on health plan exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Under Section 1303 of the health care law, insurance providers of “qualified health plans” [QHP] on the exchanges had to collect separate premium payments for coverage of elective abortions, to ensure that federal subsidies did not pay for abortions. The Hyde Amendment, federal policy since 1976, prohibits funding of most abortions in Medicaid; the ACA policy mirrored the longstanding Hyde Amendment policy. A Government Accountability Office report in 2014 found that many insurers were ignoring requirements to properly segregate abortion coverage funds. The Trump administration, in 2019, required that customers be sent separate health insurance bills for abortion coverage, and that payments go into separate accounts, in order to adequately prohibit funding of abortions on the exchanges. Three federal courts halted that rule from going into effect, however.

Senate Pro-Life Chair Criticizes Proposed ACA Abortion Billing Rule| National Catholic Register

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