New federal rules forcing insurance companies to provide coverage for abortions will force millions of Americans to take steps to cover the procedure.
Insurers must cover abortion coverage as a “core” benefit, which means they must offer it at no additional cost to consumers, the agency said Thursday.
The new rules require insurers to include abortion coverage in their plans, but will also allow them to waive the coverage requirement if it is deemed necessary to meet an essential health benefit.
That means they could allow a person with a preexisting condition or the elderly to get an abortion if it makes them less able to pay for the service.
Many insurers have been trying to move away from covering abortion for decades, but they have faced increasing scrutiny over the past few years.
A number of states have taken steps to expand coverage, including in the Dakotas and Oklahoma, which expanded coverage in 2017.
The U.S. Supreme Court this year ruled that states can require abortion coverage.