Earlier this month, Albany Update reported on a budget bill that would require most health insurance policies to cover abortion. In recent days, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has learned that pro-abortion legislators intend to push for a similar bill outside of the state budget process.
Bill S.7002-Brouk/A.7573-Gonzalez-Rojas would require New York health insurance policies that provide maternity coverage to cover abortion as well. Specifically, the bill states that “every policy which provides hospital, surgical, or medical coverage and which offers maternity care coverage…shall also provide coverage for abortion services for an enrollee.” The bill would also mandate that abortion coverage not be subject to coinsurance, copayments, or deductibles, except in the case of high-deductible plans.
The bill contains an exemption for insurance policies provided by religious employers; however, that exemption would only apply to churches, associations of churches, and religious orders. Faith-based charities and family-owned businesses that offer employee health coverage would both be required to provide the required abortion coverage. Even if an employer qualified for the exemption, the bill would require insurers to provide an abortion rider to that employer’s employees.
No employer or insurer should be forced by the state to fund a procedure that violates its sincerely-held religious tenets. Bill S.7002-Brouk/A.7573-Gonzalez-Rojas must be rejected. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to oppose it.