Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2018 / 12:16 pm America/Denver (CNA).
More than 100 members of Congress are asking the federal government to issue new regulations ensuring greater transparency in health insurance plans that include abortion.
“Consumers have a right to know” if they are funding abortion coverage, said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) in an Aug. 6 statement.
“The Trump Administration now has the opportunity to take action and enforce the law to bring transparency to Obamacare’s abortion coverage and the abortion surcharge. No person should have to pay for abortion coverage they don’t want,” he said.
Smith, who co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, was among the signatories of an Aug. 6 letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.
The letter points to Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that if a qualified health plan covers elective abortions, it must do so by collecting a payment separate from the standard premium, and depositing that payment into a separate account.