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Optional rider for abortion coverage not available in state employee health plan


Two years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a bill that prohibits private insurance companies from offering coverage for abortions in their general plans except when a woman's life is in danger.

Under the law, Kansas residents or employers who want abortion coverage must buy supplemental policies, known as riders.

But Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, said she tried to purchase such an optional rider under the state health insurance plan, but it was not available.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed that the state health insurance plan does not offer that coverage as an optional rider.

Francisco, a supporter of abortion rights, said, "I was going to encourage women to do it because the more women of my age who sign up, the cheaper it is going to be for everybody, so then you just make it something that people can afford." Francisco is 62.

The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged that law, saying that women's medical needs should be covered in their insurance policies. Supporters of the law said people who oppose abortion shouldn't be forced to pay for such coverage in general health plan.

The ACLU dropped its lawsuit earlier this year after a federal judge had ruled that the group had failed to prove that the Legislature's motivation in passing the law was to make it more difficult to get abortions.


somebodynew 5 years ago

Smaller government - yep. That is what we have. I suppose a dictatorship is smaller government, though. BB and his minions control everything and everyone, so that is small.

I think the ACLU should re-instate their lawsuit in light of this. Can't take care of your health even if you are willing to pay for it yourself.

1southernjayhawk 5 years ago

Somebody, you can take care of your health. Live a lifestyle that doesn't require abortions or, if that fails, pay for your own abortion.

jimmyjms 5 years ago

If you can't see the unconstitutional nature and general stupidity of your statement, then you're less of a partisan and more of an imbecile.

ebyrdstarr 5 years ago

Insensitive much? Do you have any idea how many women who found themselves facing grave health risk from continuing with a pregnancy or whose fetuses were so seriously deformed they could never have survived outside of the womb would have dearly loved to "live a lifestyle that doesn't require abortions?" Or young girls raped by family members?

somebodynew 5 years ago

Well, I don't have to worry about it, but sometimes it is not lifestyle AND this "government" doesn't allow for exceptions.

And if one buys a rider to insurance they are paying for it. But seems if one works for the State (as opposed to a private employer) they don't have an option for that. And with that WHY do you care - if it is a rider it is not coming from your pocket ??

Centerville 5 years ago

So these days women (or their boyfriends) expect someone else to pay for their abortions? Good grief.

somebodynew 5 years ago

How is someone else paying for it, if you buy the insurance on your own through a rider ??? But now, beside all the other draw-backs for working for the State, the employees don't even have that OPTION. So even if the mother's life is threatened by the pregnancy, it can't be covered. Didn't know the State held that tight of religious beliefs that they can force them onto their employees.?? Like I said - more like a dictatorship (and in this State you can spell that word a little differently).

pocket_of_sunshine 5 years ago

I called my insurance provider, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and their is no such rider for any of their plans. There is not an option to purchase a supplemental policy to cover abortions, even if I wanted to pay for it out of pocket. I also contact Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, same answer.

The law states if I want it I have to purchase a policy that covers it, but there is no such policy available... hmmm.

verity 5 years ago

I don't want to pay for Viagra or any such drugs. Really, if you can't get it up on your own, it means God doesn't want you to have sex and I certainly shouldn't have to pay for your lifestyle choices.

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xyz 5 years ago

Thanks, Marci, for shining the light on yet another example of what a disgusting low-life FlimFlamSam is!!!

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