SEBELIUS REQUIRES INSURERS COVER PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS

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June 14, 2013

In a move that sends the message that her role is a powerful one, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has required health insurers to include Planned Parenthood as an “essential community provider” along with other doctors and health facilities in their networks.

Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner (WE) reports that most of Planned Parenthood’s 750 health and abortion clinics in the country will be covered by ObamaCare. Sebelius’ command means that health insurers who wish to participate in the state health care exchanges must cover services by Planned Parenthood, as well as other “essential community providers,” such as AIDS clinics, pain management facilities, and alternative medicine providers.

“We’ve never covered these sorts of things,” a Wisconsin insurer told the WE.

HHS has provided what is called a “non-exhaustive list” of essential community providers–targeted primarily to low-income Americans–to assist health insurers in their search. Approximately 480 Planned Parenthood facilities are included on the HHS list, along with 100 AIDS clinics, family planning clinics, teen services, lesbian and gay centers, high school clinics, and prisons.

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