When questioned, the Department of Health could not provide any resources supporting the constitutionality of their Medicaid coverage changes.
A state official claims the new paperwork for abortion coverage isn’t about redefining medically necessary abortions, just making sure the right entity pays for them.
The state says its only ensuring that doctors verify Medicaid patients are following federal abortion payment rules. But mental health seems to have suspiciously been left off as an acceptable reason for an abortion.
After nearly 20 years, the anti-choice members of the Alaska legislature has made it clear that they trust physicians willing to give abortions about as much as they trust women willing to get them.
To say abortion is stigmatized in this country is to state the obvious. But we have a special brand of taboo that we foist atop even that stigma, which is the taboo of having someone else pay for a service you need – especially if it’s an abortion. Yet while abortion may be legal, but if you cannot afford it, it’s inaccessible.
Is the Alaskan senator trying to have it both ways?
A new proposal offers to expand income eligibilty for Denali care, but only for those too young to get pregnant.
It’s not that Rep. Dick thinks women having to get men to sign off on an abortion was a bad idea; he says he just didn’t “phrase it right.”