Lawmakers in the state are trying to redefine “medically necessary” abortions covered by Medicaid. Advocates say that is unconstitutional.
The law narrows when Medicaid recipients are eligible for coverage of abortions.
SB 49 requires doctors to select a reason for an abortion being “medically unnecessary” from an approved list—a term that is used to determine which procedures can be funded by Medicaid in the state.
The new rules would drastically redefine what constitutes a “medically necessary” abortion for purposes of Medicaid coverage.
A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights, while the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology lifts its ban on treating men.
Anti-choice lawmakers have tried to re-define what qualifies as a “medically necessary” abortion to qualify as Medicaid coverage. A new lawsuit claims that definition unconstitutionally restricts access to reproductive health care for low-income women.
The form would reduce the number of ways in which an abortion can be considered “medically necessary” in Alaska, and some doctors predict it could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to access abortions and for medical professionals to receive funding for such procedures.