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ACLU seeks testimony from state’s insurance providers

January 11, 2012

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— The American Civil Liberties Union is planning to question Kansas insurance providers about the impact of a new law restricting abortion coverage.

The organization filed notice Tuesday in federal court in Wichita that it plans to take depositions later this month from officials of United Health Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Coventry Health Care of Kansas.

The ACLU has filed suit challenging a state law barring insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of general health plans in Kansas.

The organization is seeking information on abortion riders offered by the insurance companies. It also wants to know about the law's effect on premiums; the number of abortion claims submitted prior to its passage; and whether insurance companies pool abortion rider premiums with other income.

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