Trump administration rule requiring separate bills for abortions prompts Planned Parenthood, ACLU lawsuit

by Laura Mize · Feb 12th, 2020 1:33 pm

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over a new rule that requires insurance companies to bill customers separately for coverage of abortions.

The rule, approved by the Department of Health and Human Services in December 2019, stipulates that any insurer selling plans on the Affordable Care Act individual marketplace must send two monthly bills to customers beginning in June. One is for the amount of an individual's monthly premium the insurer puts toward coverage of abortions — even if the customer receiving the bill never has an abortion. The other bill will be for health care.

The rule does not call for additional costs to customers, but does stipulate that customers make the two payments separately.

The Trump administration says the new requirement would increase costs for insurers by more than $1 billion in the next 10 years.

Opponents of the rule say insurers will pass these costs to consumers, leading to higher premiums or other insurance costs. They also contend that the rule may cause some companies to end coverage for abortions, ultimately making it more difficult for some women to get abortions.

Pro-life advocates applaud the rule.