Names of Insurance Carriers and Their Elective-Abortion Coverage:
1. CareFirst BlueChoice - HMO/POS (7): All plans cover elective abortion (2021 plan documents).
2. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield - PPO (3): All plans cover elective abortion (2021 plan documents).
3. Kaiser Permanente (11): All plans cover elective abortion (2021 plan documents).
4. *United Healthcare (9): No plans cover elective abortion (2021 plan documents).
Summary: There are 30 plans being offered by three insurance carriers for 2021 on the exchange.
In 2021, 70% of the plans on the Maryland exchange cover elective abortion. United Healthcare joined the exchange for 2021, offering plans that exclude elective abortion coverage -- discontinuing the trend over the past several years of 100% of plans covering elective aborton in the Maryland exchange.
In 2020, 2019, and 2018, 100% of the plans covered elective abortions.
In 2017, 91% of plans on the Maryland exchange covered elective abortion. In 2016, 49% of plans covered elective abortion.
Exchange is part of the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (F) or State-Run (S): S
State Exchange Elective Abortion Opt-Out: No
Number of 2021 Insurance Carriers: 4
Total Number of Plans: 30
Number of Plans that Cover Elective Abortion: 21
Number of Plans that Do Not Cover Elective Abortion: 9
Number of Plans with Unknown Coverage: 0
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 2020 Marketplace
General news regarding abortion coverage in Obamacare can be found here.
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