9000 Inadvertently Re-Enrolled In Plans With No Abortion Coverage

Nov 10, 2015

It’s week two of open enrollment on HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance marketplace. Existing customers have been automatically re-enrolled. But some may find their plans no longer cover abortion.

Credit HealthSource RI

Rhode Island now requires every insurer on HealthSource RI to offer options that exclude abortion. Some insurers added new plans to meet the requirement. Some modified old plans. And what happened next was unexpected: 9,000 existing customers were automatically re-enrolled in plans with no abortion coverage. 

HealthSource RI spokeswoman Maria Tocco says those customers will receive letters letting them know what happened and what their options are.

“HealthSource’s responsibility is to provide the customers with objective information and support so they can choose the plan that best meets their needs," said Tocco. "And we are taking steps to ensure that all customers are being adequately notified.”

Most of the affected customers are in Blue Cross and Blue Shield or Neighborhood Health plans. They have until December 23rd to pick a new plan if they want full abortion coverage.