FRC Files Comment to HHS Regarding the Obamacare Abortion Surcharge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2014
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866)-372-6397

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Family Research Council filed a public comment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over proposed rules that continue to allow the cover-up of the abortion surcharges in Obamacare and enforcement of current law requiring that the abortion surcharge be a separate payment .

The proposed rule by HHS is problematic because it does not comply with Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provision requiring an actual “separate payment” or an abortion fee. It does not address the lack of transparency of abortion coverage prior to enrollment nor does not require separate itemization of the abortion surcharge.

Arina Grossu, Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, submitted the following:

“FRC urges HHS to modify this proposed rule to reflect current law requiring that the abortion surcharge be a ‘separate payment’ in actuality. Further, the proposed rule should require that issuers make abortion coverage and the abortion surcharge completely transparent to consumers before and during enrollment. The proposed rule should also require that all issuers itemize the abortion surcharge (for those paying for plans with elective abortion) so that they can give full informed consent. Lastly, the proposed rule should create an enforcement mechanism to make sure that issuers comply with the law.

“Ultimately, this proposed rule shows how flimsy the ACA is when claims are made that it guarantees that no federal money will be used to subsidize abortion-on-demand and that insurance carriers are transparent about elective abortion coverage and the abortion surcharge in their plans.”

After filing her comments to HHS, Grossu commented:

“The 114th Congress should pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014 as soon as they arrive in Washington!” concluded Grossu.