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ACA Action Template

At NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, we believe in the right to choose abortion care as it is essential to ensuring all childbearing individuals can decide for themselves if, when, and how to form their families.  In November of 2018, the Trump/Pence Administration proposed new regulations for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requiring all insurers in the ACA marketplace to send and collect separate monthly bills to customers for coverage of abortion care services.  This new proposed requirement will not only dissuade private insurers from offering abortion care coverage. but potentially jeopardize current abortion care coverage in Maryland, pushing abortion care access out of reach for even more people in our state.  We’ll never stop fighting to protect and expand this fundamental human right, but we need you!

If you support affordable access to abortion care and want your voice to be heard, please submit a personalized comment to the Department of Health and Human Services by Tuesday, January 8th, 2019!  Instructions on how to submit your comments can be found below under three sample template comments for we have provided for you to use.  For more information about the impact of these proposed changes, check out the National Women’s Law Center’s factsheet.  You can also find additional information on the state of abortion services in Maryland on our website under the “Issues” tab above.

Please include two or three sentences of your own (why it’s important to you, your own story, etc) so that your comment coded as a separate submission, rather than flagged as one comment from a single source.

Comment Templates

COMMENT TEMPLATE 1

Dear Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma,

The proposed rule is the latest attempt by the Trump-Pence administration to take away abortion care coverage, this time targeting people who purchase their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces.

I urge you to reject the rule, as this will do nothing but force more people to delay seeking care, force more women to carry to term against their better judgement, and can push people deeper into poverty. In fact, studies show that when a woman is denied abortion care, she is more likely to fall into poverty than someone who is able to get the healthcare she needs and continue to provide for her existing family.

The proposed rule will shame, stigmatize, and financially burden women who seek abortion care. And that burden will fall hardest on low-income families. Already, too many women do not have insurance coverage for abortion care because of how much money they make or how they’re insured.

Additionally, the lawmakers, voters, and residents of my state, Maryland, have already decided what is best for us –making sure that everyone in our state has coverage for all our reproductive health needs including abortion care in most circumstances. These regulations go against what our state has already decided for itself, would place a huge burden on our consumers and insurers, and could jeopardize our ability to access coverage for the care we need.

However someone gets their health insurance, each of us should have the ability to access the full range of pregnancy-related healthcare, including abortion care. Reject this proposed rule now and stop playing politics with women’s reproductive lives.

Sincerely,
[INSERT NAME HERE]

 

COMMENT TEMPLATE 2

Dear Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma,

The proposed rule creates overly burdensome regulations for health insurance companies that may dissuade them from offering abortion care coverage, not to mention cause confusion among consumers.

I urge you to reject this rule.

Pregnancy-related care—including prenatal, maternal, and abortion care—is basic women’s healthcare and should be included in all insurance plans. When this rule sidelines abortion care coverage, it is a threat to women’s health. By interfering with abortion coverage, this rule could force people to delay necessary medical care, force more women to carry to term against their better judgement, and push people deeper into poverty. This is unpopular with the majority of Americans who agree that women should be able to make decisions about their healthcare with dignity and respect, and without interference.

Additionally, the lawmakers, voters, and residents of my state, Maryland, have already decided what is best for us –making sure that everyone in our state has coverage for all our reproductive health needs including abortion care in most circumstances. These regulations go against what our state has already decided for itself, would place a huge burden on our consumers and insurers, and could jeopardize our ability to access coverage for the care we need.

Too many women are already denied coverage for abortion care because of how much money they make, and this new rule would only push abortion care out of reach for more women and their families.

Once again I urge you to reject this rule.

Sincerely,
[INSERT NAME HERE]

 

COMMENT TEMPLATE 3

Dear Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma,

The proposed rule places unnecessary, burdensome requirements on private insurers and will dissuade them from offering abortion care coverage at all.

Reject the proposed rule now—it is yet another attempt by the Trump/Pence administration to ban insurance coverage for abortion care.

This rule directly attacks those who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace and could push needed care out of reach for even more people.

Additionally, the lawmakers, voters, and residents of my state, Maryland, have already decided what is best for us –making sure that everyone in our state has coverage for all our reproductive health needs including abortion care. These regulations go against what our state has already decided for itself, would place a huge burden on our consumers and insurers, and could jeopardize our ability to access coverage for the care we need.

Each of us should have coverage for a full range of pregnancy-related care, including abortion care, whether we have private or government-funded health insurance. Again, I urge you to reject this proposed rule now and stop playing politics with women’s reproductive lives.

Sincerely,
[INSERT NAME HERE]

 

Comment Submission Instructions

You can submit your comments in the following ways:

  1. On federal comment portal at www.Regulations.gov
    1. Type 9922-P into the search bar and hit enter
    2. On the next page, you will see the rule with a “comment now” icon. Click on that and submit your comment in the box.  You may copy and paste your comment.  You can also upload a word document if you would like.
  2. Through a comment microsite

  3. By mail/in person
    1. Address to:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Attention: CMS-9922-P

P.O. Box 8016

Baltimore, MD 21244-8010

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We fight for a future that includes access to all reproductive health care no matter your zip code or employer. Maryland must lead the charge. Are you with us?