Two anti-abortion groups have set up a website showing which health insurance plans sold on the Obamacare exchanges cover abortion.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research wing of the Susan B. Anthony List, has been emailing the website link to supporters, urging them to wait to select a plan until they can view whether it includes elective abortion among the covered healthcare services.
The website, found at www.Obamacareabortion.com, featured a map of the U.S. where visitors can click on each state to view which plans cover abortions. It's currently incomplete, as the final Obamacare plans for most states weren't made publicly available until the marketplaces opened Sunday.
Half the states have banned all plans sold on their Obamacare marketplaces from covering abortion at all, after a major battle during passage of the Affordable Care Act resulted in plans being allowed to offer such services, but only if they didn't use any government funds to pay for it. Conservatives were unhappy with the agreement, saying that allowing abortion coverage in Obamacare plans constitutes government funding for abortion.
Staffers for Charlotte Lozier and the Family Research Council are "poring through documents" to discern which plans cover abortions and which don't, so those opposed to abortion can ensure they select one that doesn't, the groups said.
"If you intend to sign up or renew your plan, please hold off for this weekend," Charlotte Lozier wrote late last week in an email to supporters.
The groups note that shoppers in Rhode Island now have access to at least one marketplace plan sold on every tier level (bronze, silver and gold) that doesn't cover elective abortion. For the last two years, all of the Obamacare plans sold in the state have offered abortion services.
The marketplaces opened Sunday for open enrollment, which lasts through the end of January. Those without access to employer-sponsored coverage and who aren't eligible for Medicaid may enroll in plans and most may qualify for federal assistance.