New Mexico insurance company drops abortion
Pressure from pro-life groups prompts action
A New Mexico health insurance program, The New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool (NMNIP) has dropped elective abortion from its list of covered procedures. The company had been the subject of media inquiry and criticism by pro-life groups as the procedures had been covered by federal funds.
A New Mexico health insurance program, The New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool (NMNIP) has dropped elective abortion from its list of covered procedures.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - On its Web site, NMNIP had previously linked to a document explaining the "Federal High Risk Pool Summary of Benefits." Under the heading of "Covered Services," elective abortion was listed. "Routine Maternity/Elective Termination of Pregnancy: Includes routing (sic) delivery, pre- and post-natal care, anesthesia, assistant and diagnostic tests," the listing read.
The Associated Press reported this week that the insurance program had dropped abortion coverage from the plan.
"We are in the process of correcting the package so it will not have elective abortion coverage." Michelle Lujan Grisham, deputy director of NMNIP told the Associated Press.
The Catholic News Agency also contacted the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to find out how New Mexico's program was consistent with the executive order President Obama signed in March to maintain the ban on federal funding of abortion. The agency was provided with a new list which no longer has elective abortion listed under covered services.
According to the Associated Press, in the "rush" to get the insurance pool programs for states up and running this summer, "many of the details," specifically abortion coverage, "apparently were not made clear."
The failure of the Obama administration to enforce this executive order has been criticized by some pro-life congressional leaders.
"Just last month at the White House I asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions," Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the President provided no information, and the American people are still waiting for answers."
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