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Sun Feb 17, 2019, 05:16 PM

States Flout Abortion Coverage Requirements, Federal Investigators Say

Source: New York Times

States Flout Abortion Coverage Requirements, Federal Investigators Say

By Robert Pear
Feb. 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are not enforcing requirements for Medicaid coverage of abortion in the limited circumstances where it is legal, congressional investigators have found.

At least 13 states are flouting a requirement to cover abortion-inducing pills, and one state, South Dakota, has for 25 years failed to provide the required coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest, the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, said in a report made public this month.

The report underlines the wide range of restrictions that states impose on abortion access and Medicaid coverage of it.

Trump administration officials, like many of their predecessors, “have not taken any actions to address states’ noncompliance,” the report said.

The federal law known as the Hyde Amendment generally prohibits federal funding for abortions. But state Medicaid programs are required to cover an abortion if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, or if the life of the pregnant woman would be endangered without an abortion.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/17/us/politics/states-abortion-coverage-medicaid.html

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