From HCFANY’s partner, Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need!—
Yesterday, the Obama administration shocked women’s health organizations by announcing it had decided to sharply restrict abortion coverage in the new federally-subsidized “high-risk pool” insurance plans that will be offered to people with pre-existing conditions, such as breast cancer and diabetes.
The coverage will only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or danger to the woman’s life, according to a press statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The administration’s decision will mean thousands of women with serious medical conditions will lack coverage for abortions they may need because of risks to their health — or the health of a developing fetus – from medical complications or treatments such as chemotherapy. These women will not even be permitted to use their own premium dollars to buy this coverage through the new federal and state high-risk pool plans.
Contact the White House and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius NOW to say this decision is unacceptable! Tell the administration that women with pre-existing medical conditions need abortion coverage!
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