232211 Fighting for coverage of abortion in your state insurance exchange

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Lois J. Uttley, MPP , Community Catalyst, MergerWatch Project/Raising Women's Voices, New York, NY
The health reform legislation that Congress enacted earlier this year allows states to decide whether insurers can offer abortion coverage in the state insurance exchanges that will be established in 2014. Some states already have passed legislation to ban such coverage, and others may see it prohibited through ballot initiatives. This presentation will explain what women's health advocates can do to fight such proposed abortion bans in state Legislatures and at the ballot box. It also will describe the onerous requirements the health reform law will impose on insurers in those states that do choose to offer abortion coverage in their insurance exchanges. These requirements (known as the Nelson provision) require strict segregation of federal subsidies from private insurance payments toward abortion coverage. Participants will learn how advocates can work to minimize the impact of those requirements on consumers and insurers, thus increasing the likelihood that abortion coverage will actually be available.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to identify potential legislative and regulatory obstacles to inclusion of abortion coverage in their states' insurance exchanges, evaluate potential strategies for ensuring abortion coverage by discussing the pros and cons of each, and design an advocacy campaign for fight for inclusion of coverage.

Keywords: Abortion, Health Reform

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am co-founder and coordinator of a national organization advocating for inclusion of women's reproductive health services in health reform. I hold a Master's in Public Affairs and Policy and have served on APHA's Action Board and Executive Board. I am Chair of the Policy and Organizing Committee of the Public Health Association of NYC.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.