abortion law http://michiganradio.org en Proposal would overturn law requiring Michigan women to buy abortion coverage http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-would-overturn-law-requiring-michigan-women-buy-abortion-coverage <p></p><p>It was during the lame-duck session late last year when the state Legislature passed a law blocking insurers from paying for abortions as part of general coverage in company health care plans.</p><p>Under the law, women would have to buy extra coverage for an abortion, even in cases of rape or when the woman's life is in danger.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law was passed without a public hearing on the basis of petitions that had been circulated by Right To Life of Michigan. It took effect in March.</span></p><p>Now two lawmakers are trying to get that law overturned. Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, will introduce the measure in the Senate while Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, will do so in the House.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:47:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 18075 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal would overturn law requiring Michigan women to buy abortion coverage The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-56 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the latest in the same-sex marriage debate, roads funding, whether Democrats can overturn the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-sponsor-bill-roll-back-abortion-insurance-law">abortion insurance law</a>, and a new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/bigger-usual-story-free-spending-administrator-running-amok">controversy </a>with the Education Achievement Authority.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:45:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 18051 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics How will Michigan's new abortion law work? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-michigans-new-abortion-law-work <p>On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide – women's reproductive rights remain in the political spotlight.</p><p>Let's turn our attention to that subject here in Michigan. It was mid-December when state lawmakers approved a controversial law requiring consumers to buy separate policies for abortion coverage.</p><p>This means a person has to buy a rider before knowing they need an abortion; they would not be able to buy a rider after getting pregnant. And the law does not include exceptions for rape or incest.</p><p>The law goes into effect in March, and there’s confusion over just how this is supposed to work.</p><p>Marianne Udow Phillips is director of The&nbsp;Center for&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Healthcare Research &amp; Transformation at the University of Michigan. She talks to us today and explains what the new law means.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:28:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16137 at http://michiganradio.org How will Michigan's new abortion law work? Confusion over who's affected by Michigan's new abortion law http://michiganradio.org/post/confusion-over-whos-affected-michigans-new-abortion-law <p>There’s a new law in Michigan, and insurance companies and their customers are trying to figure out who’s affected by it.</p><p>Starting March 13, 2014, women will be required to purchase additional insurance for abortion coverage. Insurance companies will not be allowed to provide the coverage as part of their normal plans.</p><p>But analysts say the new law does not affect some health care plans.</p><p>More from Chad Livengood and Gary Heilein in today’s <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131217/POLITICS02/312170017/Abortion-insurance-ban-affect-33-policyholders?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Confusion reigns about the law, said Rick Murdock, executive director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans, an industry group representing 16 health plans in the state except Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.</p><p>Self-insured employers, who pay directly for medical care for employees, are regulated by the U.S. Department of Labor and not subject to state rules, said Murdock, the office of Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger and some state officials.</p><p>Murdock said smaller firms — usually those with less than 150 to 200 workers — as well as companies that don’t self-fund their coverage and people buying private health insurance on their own are “fully exposed” to the law.</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That amounts to one in three individuals with group or government-sponsored health plans, according to </span>Livengood<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Heilein<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:43:38 +0000 Mark Brush 15739 at http://michiganradio.org Confusion over who's affected by Michigan's new abortion law