The state of California has done it again – leading the way in all thing fascist and “progressive.” California has ordered any insurance company doing business within their state to immediately cover abortions. No exceptions.
California’s insurance companies are complying and sending out notices to all of their customers that their insurance plans MUST now cover abortion. Here is a portion of a letter Kaiser Permanente sent to a California church letting them know about the change…
I want to formally share with you that on August 22, 2014, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) notified Kaiser Permanente and other affected health plans in writing regarding group contracts that exclude ‘voluntary termination of pregnancy.’
This letter made clear that the DMHC considered health care services related to the termination of pregnancies – whether or not a voluntary termination – a medically necessary basic health care service for which all health care services plans must provide coverage under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act. You may recall that at the request of some employer groups with religious affiliations, Kaiser Permanente submitted a regulatory filing in May 2012 properly notifying the DMHC of a benefit plan option that excluded coverage of voluntary terminations of pregnancies. The DMHC did not object to this filing, permitting Kaiser Permanente to offer such a coverage contract to large group purchasers that requested it. The DMHC acknowledged that it previously permitted these contract exclusions, but now is requiring health care service plans to provide coverage of all terminations of pregnancies, effective immediately. To that end, the DMHC requires Kaiser Permanente and similar health care service plans to initiate steps to modify their plan contracts accordingly.
Effective August 22, Kaiser Permanente will comply with this regulatory mandate.
The new California law allows churches to receive exemptions from the contraceptive mandate – meaning that churches don’t have to provide contraceptives and chemical abortifacients — but they do have to provide surgical abortions?!?
The law is obviously ridiculous and is already being challenged, but it’s a harbinger of things to come. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed complaints with the US Department of Health and Human Services and the California Department of Managed Health Care for the egregious trampling of religious freedom. Casey Mattox from the ADF said, “Forcing a church to be party to elective abortion is one of the utmost-imaginable assaults on our most fundamental American freedoms. California is flagrantly violating the federal law that protects employers from being forced into having abortion in their health insurance plans. No state can blatantly ignore federal law and think that it should continue to receive taxpayer money.”
The ADF has firm legal ground here, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be worried about the outcome of this case and similar future cases. To the liberal communities abortion is a “medical procedure” and every woman has the “right” to healthcare… so abortions should be provided by the state. California may be the first state to attempt to force abortion funding on the church (in this manner), but it most certainly won’t be the last. Expect the liberal baby-murdering community to continue to press every opportunity to kill more children. It’s what they do.
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