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After researching plans on the Hawaii state exchange, we found that for this plan year, residents of Hawaii have no choice when it comes to abortion coverage in the healthcare plans sold on the state exchange. Out of a total of 39 healthcare plans sold on the exchange for the 2014 plan year, all 39 include elective abortion coverage.
So, if you are a resident of Hawaii and need to purchase a healthcare exchange plan to satisfy the individual mandate, there are no plans available to you that exclude elective abortion coverage. But if your employer does not provide you with healthcare coverage, or if you do not qualify for an Obamacare hardship exemption, you may have to purchase a plan on the state exchange. In the case of Hawaii, according to plan representatives, there are no pro-life options available to be purchased if you choose to purchase a plan on the state exchange. …
Obamacare contains a secrecy clause, which prohibits individuals from finding out whether their plan includes abortion coverage until after they have already purchased and enrolled in a plan. Only then can they find out if abortion is covered in the summary of benefits package. … Unless an individual has unlimited time, knows the appropriate questions to ask and has incredible patience to call the exchange, finding out what plans do and do not cover abortion is extremely arduous.
In addition to the secrecy clause, Obamacare requires that enrollees, in plans available on the exchange that include elective abortion coverage, pay an abortion surcharge. This, according to the law, must be billed separately from the overall healthcare premium and can cost anywhere from $1-$12 a month. The funds are supposed to be segregated and go into a separate account to pay for other people’s abortions.
However, this does not seem to be the case according to the healthcare representatives selling plans on the Hawaii state exchange. Representatives informed us that there is no separate fee for the elective abortion coverage.