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Strict abortion rules mean fewer insurers may offer coverage

Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2010

The healthcare reform legislation will allow women to buy abortion coverage when they shop for insurance in government-run exchanges, but new requirements for offering such coverage may lead few insurers to offer it, the Wall Street Journal reports. To sell a plan in the exchanges that covers abortion, insurers will have to collect two checks from customers—one to pay for the abortion coverage, and one to pay for everything else. They will have to keep the funds separate in order to assure that federal aid handed out to consumers doesn't subsidize the procedure, maintaining a long-standing federal principle, the Journal reports.