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HHS Finalizes New Contraception, Abortion Rules — Do You Support These Changes?

by Axios | 11.8.18

The Department of Health and Human Services wants insurers to send consumers separate bills for medical coverage and whatever coverage they might provide for abortion.

How it works: Federal law says federal funding — including premium subsidies under the ACA — can't be used to cover abortion, and requires insurers to segregate the money they use to provide coverage for abortion services.

  • That segregation will need to include a whole separate billing process if this proposed rule is finalized.
  • HHS said insurers should "send an entirely separate monthly bill to the consumer for only the portion of premium attributable to abortion coverage" — which, according to earlier policy outlines, could be as low as $1.

On a similar note, HHS also finalized rules yesterday making it easier for employers to opt out of the ACA's contraception mandate if they have religious — or, in some cases, moral — objections to birth control.

  • Small businesses, schools, insurance companies and individuals can claim either a religious or moral exemption.
  • Large, for-profit employers do not appear to be able to claim the moral exemption, but non-profits and small businesses can.

The other side: ACA legal expert Nicholas Bagley has argued that the exemption for moral objections is illegal.

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  • Kodiwodi
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    I’ll support this when all men’s sexual health matters are not paid for and separated out Pharmacists refuse to sell condoms and not a single blue pill is ever legally dispensed again. Keep your damn religion to yourself.

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  • Jennifer
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    Until you regulate condoms and Viagra the same way, keep your hands off contraception. You know what stops abortions? CONTRACEPTION. I wholeheartedly reject EVERYTHING this illegal administration does. Period.

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  • Karla
    last Thursday
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    Still about controlling women and imposing your values/religion on others. NO!

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  • Glowurm
    last Thursday
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    What bull! You have no right to tell me what I can or cannot do with my body. Your religious beliefs are your religious beliefs. Follow them yourselves, but you have no right to dictate what I can or cannot do! Separation of Church and State. You a-holes!

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  • Rehanna
    last Thursday
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    A WOMANS RIGHT TO DO WHAT SHE WANTS WITH HER BODY SHOULD NOT BE POLITICAL. Period. leave us alone. DOES THE GOVERNMENT GOVERN THE EXTENSIVE USE OF VIAGRA TO MEN? no, so stop.

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  • Catie
    last Thursday
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    To quote a Tumblr post I saw a while back, “women’s reproductive rights are like nipples. Everyone has them, women’s are more relevant, but the only ones you ever see are men’s”. God this pisses me off. It’s a woman’s right to choose!

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  • John
    last Thursday
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    Roe v Wade is established law. Pay for all choices or pay for none. It’s about medical decisions and women’s health, not religion!

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  • Donna
    last Thursday
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    Is HHS also insisting that insurance companies send separate bills to male clients to cover the cost of vasectomies (just as legal as abortions under the LAW of this nation) or give employers the ability to 'opt out' of coverage for Viagra or any other little blue pill which can increase the likelihood of pregnancy? I can't wait until all the old, white, privileged, misogynists have been removed from office and replaced with non-judgemental, fair and caring FEMALE representatives willing to put the wishes of ALL their constituents above their own hypocritical, quasi-religious self-interests. As I have said before, there is a Constitutional mandate that Church and State be separate in this NATION OF LAWS. Keep your false, politically expedient religion out of my government I will keep my pragmatic, agnostic views out of your religion!

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  • Marizzapan
    last Thursday
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    No. I absolutely do not support this bullcovfefe at all. GOP & old white men need to stop trying to control women, their lives and their healthcare. When men are forced to have vasectomies as a form of birth control; when Viagra is as expensive and as difficult to get as contraceptives or forbidden due to religious beliefs, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum, THEN we can talk about regulating female reproductive health. Until then, keep your hand off what belongs exclusively to the female domaine. We need to continue electing women to office so women can rule. Give men a long galling taste of their own medicine.

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  • Josh
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    I don’t like the religious exemptions. Not every employee shares your religion. I’m sick of the special treatments religions get to be shitty to people.

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  • J. scott
    last Thursday
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    To my representatives please oppose this policy. In my view it’s just another conservative/GOP attack on abortion and reproductive rights. Looks like we will need to gear up for Blue Wave 🌊 Number two and take out the rest of these fanatics. Their policy is pretext for eliminating abortions and birth control options period.

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  • Robert
    last Thursday
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    Women MUST have RIGHT to CONTROL what is done to their bodies including financial restrictions. Not class or wealth should be an issue

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  • Kimberly
    last Thursday
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    This is absurd. If we’re going to play this game, there should be no coverage or subsidy (and separate billing) for any treatment of erectile dysfunction. I could rant about this for days, but no one is listening anyway.

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  • Ronda
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    Republicans are doing this as a precursor to eliminating health care that is woman specific. Stop the war on women!

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  • Brian
    last Thursday
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    Once again a bunch of liers and cheats telling people what they can or can’t do with their body

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  • Jann
    last Thursday
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    Police state. To chose an abortion is a private matter.

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  • Robert
    last Thursday
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    It amazes me how anyone can be both anti-abortion and anti- contraception. Any regulations that come from Republicans are aimed at regulating women’s bodies. Why not ask women about this?

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  • Ky
    last Thursday
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    If you’re against abortions occurring, then maybe you should promote the contraception methods that would prevent unwanted pregnancies from occurring in the first place, instead of making both more difficult to obtain. It is simply illogical to do so considering human nature and the fact that not everyone has the same religious beliefs. This is just plain disrespectful to women who don’t ascribe to the same life priorities as you.

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  • David
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    if a woman chooses to use contraception or have an abortion insurance should cover it.

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  • Joseph
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    Federal funds should not be used for abortions, contraceptives, adoption, child birth, child raising, women’s reproductive health, men’s reproductive health, or any other healthcare services or child welfare.

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