Michigan Right to Life http://michiganradio.org en Starting Friday, basic insurance policies in Michigan are barred from covering abortions http://michiganradio.org/post/starting-friday-basic-insurance-policies-michigan-are-barred-covering-abortions <p>Michigan’s law barring insurance companies from including abortion coverage in basic policies takes effect this week.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7 insurance companies, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, will offer an additional rider.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16781 at http://michiganradio.org Abortion rights advocates won’t attempt repeal of Right to Life-backed insurance rider law http://michiganradio.org/post/abortion-rights-advocates-won-t-attempt-repeal-right-life-backed-insurance-rider-law <p>A coalition of abortion rights advocates will not try to immediately repeal a Right to Life-backed state law that requires women to buy a separate health insurance rider to cover abortions.</p><p>“Our efforts and our resources are better spent on a broad strategy to address this growing frustration that is about more than just one issue in one discrete moment in time, but about the larger impact of politicians using women as target practice,” said Rana Elmir, Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:26:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16008 at http://michiganradio.org Abortion rights advocates won’t attempt repeal of Right to Life-backed insurance rider law Few abortions covered with insurance in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/few-abortions-covered-insurance-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - When lawmakers vote to restrict insurance coverage of abortions in Michigan, it will affect a small number of abortions because the vast majority already are paid for out of pocket.<br /><br />Health insurance covered fewer than 750, or 3 percent, of 23,000 abortions reported to the state last year.<br /> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:15:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15591 at http://michiganradio.org Few abortions covered with insurance in Michigan Michigan legislature has 40 days to act on Right to Life measure http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-has-40-days-act-right-life-measure <p>This week could bring a vote in the State Legislature that will be closely watched by those on either side of the abortion debate.</p><p>The vote would be on a citizen-initiated bill that could end abortion coverage as a standard feature in health insurance policies.</p><p>Right-To-Life of Michigan turned in more than 315,000 signatures to get this bill before the Legislature.&nbsp;</p><p>And today, the Board of State Canvassers certified this voter-initiated petition, which sends it on to the state Legislature.</p><p>MLive reporter Jonathan Oosting joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:42:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 15499 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan legislature has 40 days to act on Right to Life measure Proposal to make Michigan women buy separate health insurance for abortion coverage moving forward http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-make-michigan-women-buy-separate-health-insurance-abortion-coverage-moving-forward <p>A proposal to prohibit basic health insurance plans from covering abortions goes before the Board of State Canvassers tomorrow. &nbsp;&nbsp;Women would be able to buy separate abortion riders for their health insurance policies.</p><p></p><p>The Board is expected to certify that a petition drive has enough signatures to put the matter before the legislature.</p><p></p><p>Genevieve Marnon is with<a href="http://www.rtl.org/action_center/index.html"> Right to Life of Michigan.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; She says women should pay for abortion coverage themselves.</p><p></p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:03:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15482 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal to make Michigan women buy separate health insurance for abortion coverage moving forward Richardville: Preventing abortion coverage not a 'top priority' http://michiganradio.org/post/richardville-preventing-abortion-coverage-not-top-priority <p>The Republican leader in the state Senate says he&#39;s not yet willing to commit to taking up a measure that would ban insurance companies from including abortion coverage in standard health plans.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Majority Leader Randy </span>Richardville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told reporters&nbsp;Tuesday that he doesn&#39;t consider it a top priority. He says he still needs time to speak with his caucus about the issue.</span></p><p>The group Right to Life of Michigan turned in more than 315,000 signatures <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/right-life-files-abortion-coverage-petitions">last week</a> to send the measure to the Legislature. Those signatures still need to be certified by a state board. If that happens and lawmakers fail to pass the measure, it will go on the ballot.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:28:57 +0000 Jake Neher 14765 at http://michiganradio.org Richardville: Preventing abortion coverage not a 'top priority' Right to Life files abortion coverage petitions http://michiganradio.org/post/right-life-files-abortion-coverage-petitions <p>Abortion opponents have turned in more than 315,000 petition signatures calling on the Legislature to place new restrictions on health coverage.</p><p></p><p>The new law would require consumers to buy separate coverage for abortions.</p><p></p><p>Abortion opponents say they want to make sure that abortion coverage is not automatic when people buy insurance under the new federal healthcare law. The petition-initiated law would require consumers to buy a separate rider for abortion coverage.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 14734 at http://michiganradio.org Right to Life files abortion coverage petitions Michigan Right to Life wants to prevent insurance companies from covering abortion http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-right-life-wants-prevent-insurance-companies-covering-abortion <p>Michigan Right to Life is circulating a petition to prohibit health insurance companies from covering abortions. Individuals who want abortion coverage would have to buy an optional rider in addition to their insurance policy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>If the petition receives enough signatures and the Legislature approves the measure, it would become law without the governor's approval. If the Legislature doesn't act on the measure, it would be voted on by the public.<br><br>Pam Sherstad with Michigan Right to Life says only those who want abortion coverage should pay for it.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:29:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13330 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Right to Life wants to prevent insurance companies from covering abortion