National Right to Life Lauds HHS Exchange Program Integrity Final Rule

“With this final rule, the Trump Administration is enforcing rules that were implemented under the Obama Administration but never enforced,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. ”This rule will prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions.”

She continued, “We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for their commitment to preventing taxpayer funding for abortion. We appreciate, as Secretary Azar put it, that ‘The separate billing requirement fulfills Congress’ intent and reflects President Trump’s strong commitment to preventing taxpayer funding of abortion coverage.’”

As Secretary Azar said, “In addition, when an exchange plan covers abortions for which public funding is prohibited by federal law, this rule requires that customers receive separate bills for that abortion coverage and for the rest of their insurance. Providing these separate bills is an essential step in implementing the Affordable Care Act’s bar on tax credits going toward coverage of abortions for which public funding is prohibited. The separate billing requirement fulfills Congress’ intent and reflects President Trump’s strong commitment to preventing taxpayer funding of abortion coverage.”

Read the statement from Secretary Azar here.