Abortion In Obamacare

California


Names of Insurance Carriers and Their Elective-Abortion Coverage:

1.  Anthem Blue Cross of California (6): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

2.  Blue Shield of California (9): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

3.  Chinese Community Health Plan (6): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

4.  Health Net (10): All plans cover elective abortion.(2019 plan documents).

5.  Kaiser Permanente (7): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

6.  L.A. Care Health Plan (5): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

7.  Molina Healthcare (5): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

8.  Oscar Health Plan (6): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

9.  Sharp Health Plan (9): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

10.  Valley Health Plan (5): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

11.  Western Health Advantage (6): All plans cover elective abortion (2019 plan documents).

Summary:  There are 74 plans under 11 California insurance carriers in 2019, with no new insurance carriers and 5 fewer plans than in 2018. There are also no Multi-State Plans (MSPs), just as in 2018.

In 2019, 100% of Individual and Family plans cover elective abortion on the California exchange, just as in 2018.

In 2018, the 4 Multi-State Plans (MSP) that did not cover abortion on demand in 2017 have dropped out, leaving no pro-life plans on the exchange in California.  

On October 24, 2017 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 156 which kept in place the three month open enrollment period. This law sets California’s 2019 open enrollment period from October 15, 2018 through January 15, 2019.

California’s abortion mandate forces every insurance carrier to cover elective abortion in their plans, even plans sponsored by churches. This mandate began with an August 22, 2014 letter in which the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 and required all insurance plans in the state (except for federal multi-state plans) to begin covering elective abortions. California’s abortion mandate is a clear violation of federal conscience law known as the Weldon Amendment, which former President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services refused to enforce against the state of California.

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Exchange is part of the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (F) or State-Run (S): S

Website: www.coveredca.com

State Exchange Elective Abortion Opt-Out: No

Number of 2018 Insurance Carriers: 11

  • Total Number of Plans: 74
  • Number of Plans that Cover Elective Abortion: 74
  • Number of Plans that Do Not Cover Elective Abortion: 0
  • Number of Plans with Unknown Coverage: --

State Has Multi-State Plans (MSPs): No

If yes, Number of MSPs: N/A

MSPs That Do Not Cover Elective Abortion: N/A

Key:

Red= Covers elective abortion

Orange= Some plans cover elective abortion/Unknown

Green= Does not cover elective abortion

*Bold denotes that this Insurance Carrier is new to the 2019 Marketplace

CALIFORNIA NEWS

General news regarding abortion coverage in Obamacare can be found here.

Healthinsurance.org: Open enrollment for 2019 coverage will begin October 15, 2018 in California, and continue until January 15, 2019 (August 26, 2018)

San Diego Union Tribune: San Diego Covered CA customers will face a range of rate changes in 2019 (August 21, 2018)

Associated Press: California ‘Obamacare’ premiums to rise 8.7% in 2019 (July 19, 2018)

LA Times: Two measures to boost Obamacare California signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (October 4, 2017)

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Healthinsurance.org: All 11 insurers remaining in exchange; 12.5% average rate increase if CSR funding continues (August 15, 2017)

Santa Barbara Independent: Anthem Blue Cross Pulling out of Santa Barbara (August 10, 2017)

Breitbart News: Covered California 2018 Premiums To Jump 8x Inflation (August 3, 2017)

The Mercury News: Bay Area resident frustrated by Anthem Blue Cross exit from health exchange (August 2, 2017)

HealthInsurance.org: 11 Carriers Offering Plans for 2017, Window Shopping Now Open (October 8, 2016)

Fox News: California petitions to become first state to offer ObamaCare to illegal immigrants (October 4, 2016)

Los Angeles Times: California Obamacare rates to rise 13% in 2017, more than three times the increase of last two years (July 19, 2016)

San Francisco Times: Is Obamacare on the Ropes (May 17, 2016)

HealthInsurance.org: Exchange Tightening Its Fiscal Belt for 2017 (May 15, 2016)

KABC: Obamacare Will Cost You More Next Year (May 12, 2016)

PBS Newshour: California May Raise Health Insurance Rates Amid Obamacare Concerns (May 11, 2016)

AIS Health: Fictitious Exchange Applicants Encounter Few Hurdles in Gaining Coverage, Subsidies (November 18, 2015)

Healthinsurance.org: Covered California renewals began October 12; exchange has 2 new carriers (October 28, 2015)

GAO: Preliminary Results of Undercover Testing of the Federal Marketplace and Selected State Marketplaces for Coverage Year 2015 (October 23, 2015)

LA Times: Obamacare: 36% of California's uninsured don't know the feds can help pay their premiums (October 23, 2015)

KPBS: California Kaiser Therapists Threaten To Walk Out (October 22, 2015)

TheBlaze.com: California Churches Sue Agency That Required Them to Pay for Abortions (October 18, 2015)

LifeNews.com: California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion (October 12, 2015)

LA Times: Obamacare rates to rise 4% in California for 2016 (July 27, 2015)

San Francisco Business Times: Covered California rates jump 7 percent in Northern California (July 27, 2015)

LA Times: Insurers UnitedHealth, Oscar are poised to join Covered California (July 24, 2015)

WND: California: Christians Must Pay for Abortions (November 14, 2014)

Town Hall: California Forces Churches to Fund Abortions (October 28, 2014)

Western Journalism: California Churches Forced to Fund Abortions (October 28, 2014)

Washington Post: Is California Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions? (October 24, 2014)

Washington Times: Unholy Coercion on Abortion Funding in California (October 23, 2014)

Daily Kos: California Faceoff Over Abortion And Obamacare (August 25, 2014)

WND: California: Christians Must Pay for Abortions (November 14, 2014)

Town Hall: California Forces Churches to Fund Abortions(October 28, 2014)

Western Journalism: California Churches Forced To Fund Abortions (October 28, 2014)

Washington Post: Is California forcing churches to pay for abortions? (October 24, 2014)

Washington Times: EDITORIAL: Unholy coercion on abortion funding in California (October 23, 2014)

Bizpac Review: Churches slam back against state order to pay for abortions under Obamacare (October 23, 2014)

Townhall: GAO Report Confirms: Taxpayer Funding of Abortion and No Transparency (September 25, 2014)

Daily Kos: California Faceoff Over Abortion And Obamacare (August 25, 2014)