Earlier today, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James, along with Attorneys Generals from the District of Columbia and four other states, announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its unlawful reinterpretation of Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rule change, announced late in December, is intended to restrict abortion coverage by adding redtape and sowing confusion among both patients and insurers.
“NHeLP denounces this rule as a cynical tactic to erode abortion coverage. The goal of the ACA was to expand health care coverage, and abortion is a basic health service that should be covered,” said senior attorney Fabiola Carrión. “With this new rule, millions of people could lose coverage and have less access to comprehensive health care, including reproductive and sexual health services. We commend Attorney General Becerra and the other Attorneys General for standing up against the administration’s ongoing work to weaken access to abortion.”
Read more about the rule change in a blog by senior attorney Fabiola Carrión titled “Red Tape & Shady Accounting: HHS Plan to Restrict Abortion Access 47 Years After Roe.”