by Hans Johnson
The debate about the Contraception Mandate is only a prelude to the firestorm that could come. For by the end of the Summer the states must choose between three models for covering health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
In Connecticut earlier this month, an advisory panel to the Insurance Exchange Health Plan voted unanimously to eliminate from consideration the federal employee’s health plan model – which does not cover abortions.
All private health insurance plans in the state already cover elective abortions. Now Connecticut is set to do so too, under the new state model.
Jennifer Jaff, a member of the panel, is quoted as saying:
This issue is favorably resolved for all women now in Connecticut. Stripping women of elective abortions is not a tenable option.
However, she seemed to walk back from this statement – if not outright contradict it – in a comment to an article on RH Reality Check, saying they will need to hear from the HHS on whether or not they can declare elective abortions an “essential health benefit”.
The Supreme Court’s ruling will be announced soon, most likely on a Monday or Thursday. This was a discussion about the imminent decision on Fox News’ Studio B.