By Jennifer Popik, JD, NRLC Legislative Director This past Friday, the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule relating to an Obamacare provision dealing with discrimination in healthcare. It represents a huge victory for pro-life health care providers. When Obamacare was passed in 2010, it included a broad provision (1557) …Continue reading "NRLC Praises Trump Administration Rule on Obamacare provision which would have forced health care entities receiving federal funding to provide or pay for an abortion"
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a proposed rule to require health plan issuers operating in state and federal healthcare exchanges to separately bill for any elective abortion coverage and to segregate any collected funds. In 2010, the passage of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) did away with the longstanding …Continue reading "National Right to Life Applauds Announcement from Trump Administration Regarding Pro-Life Policies in Health Insurance"
By Jennifer Popik, J.D Director of Federal Legislation This past Monday, August 6, 102 Members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting new regulations related to Obamacare and subsidies to plans that cover abortion. The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and strongly supported by National …Continue reading "Over 100 Members of the House Seek New HHS Rule to Make Consumers Aware of Abortion Surcharge"
101 Members of Congress join Smith in petition to HHS Secretary Azar WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and 101 other Members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting new regulations to enforce the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that insurers participating in the ACA marketplace must collect …Continue reading "Rep. Smith Seeks New HHS Rule to Make Consumers Aware of Abortion Surcharge"
Dear Member of Congress: The National Right to Life Committee, the federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to support the issuance of new regulations regarding Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with regards to abortion coverage transparency by signing onto the attached letter from Congressman Chris Smith. At the time Barack Obama …Continue reading "NRLC urges Congress to support issuing new regulations regarding abortion transparency and Affordable Care Act"
By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director of Federal Legislation Earlier this week, the Trump Administration provided relief to Americans currently faced with penalties for failing to buy plans on Obamacare exchanges where the only plans available covered abortion. While Congress has eliminated the individual mandate to buy insurance, that does not apply until 2019. This move …Continue reading "Trump Administration extends option to permit pro-lifers to avoid penalty for failing to buy an abortion exchange plan"
WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, today applauded congressional repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The repeal of the bureaucratic body created by Obamacare was included in the broader appropriations measure, which passed the U.S. House and U.S. …Continue reading "National Right to Life applauds congressional repeal of Independent Payment Advisory Board"
By Dave Andrusko Earlier this week, Congress voted to reopen the government following a 3-day shutdown. While the focus was on the short term extension of funding levels, one small but very important measure was also attached to the bill and is now law. The New York Times headline summarizes it aptly: “There’s a Surprise …Continue reading "Obamacare Tax to Squeeze Healthcare Plans is Delayed in Spending Bill till 2020"
Seek to force them to provide health insurance coverage for ‘morally unacceptable’ products and procedures By Dave Andrusko Nobody said it was going to be easy. Last month NRL News Today reported that the Department of Justice had reached a settlement so “that plaintiffs would not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for ‘morally …Continue reading "Ca. and Pa. attorneys general sue to take away Little Sisters of the Poor’s religious exemption"
By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at the Weekly Standard and is reposted with permission. …There is still time to excise the Independent Payment Advisory Board from the Affordable Care Act before it is up and running. IPAB’s stated purpose is to contain Medicare costs, a laudable goal. …Continue reading "Still time to excise the death panels"
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released a bulletin through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterating that qualified health plan issuers must segregate collected premiums to pay for abortion coverage; that enrollees be informed if abortions are covered by a qualified health plan; and that HHS intends …Continue reading "National Right to Life applauds announcement that Trump administration will protect religious liberty and takes positive steps regarding abortion-covering insurance plans under Obamacare"
IPAB is composed of 15 unelected bureaucrats answerable to no one Editor’s note. This letter, reprinted below, was sent to Members of Congress on October 2. Dear Representative: The mission of National Right to Life is to protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being …Continue reading "National Right to Life Urges Action to repeal IPAB"