Bush Administration Announces Limited Medicaid Coverage for Mifepristone
As most abortion rights activists anticipated, the Bush administration officially announced that the government will apply the same restrictions on Medicaid funding for mifepristone as it has for surgical abortions. The Department of Health and Human Services, led by anti-choice Secretary Tommy Thompson, sent a letter to state Medicaid directors last week announcing that the government would provide funds for low income women to take the early abortion pill only in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. The letter also informed states that they can apply any state restrictions on surgical abortion to mifepristone.
Media Resources: Washington Post - March 31, 2001 and Feminist Majority Foundation
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .