Do You Know if Your Insurance Plan Covers Abortion?

The Congressional Pro-Life Caucus: Wednesday, the D.C. HealthLink posted a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) clarifying which plans on the D.C. HealthLink will cover elective abortions and which ones will not.  This information is consistent with information from other sources. The FAQ says:

Question: Which health plans offered through DC Health Link include coverage for elective abortions and which plans do not?

Answer: Health plans that do not provide coverage for elective abortions include all Aetna health plans, as well as the multi-state plans (MSP) offered by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (only the plans that include “Multi-State Plan” in their name).   All health plans offered by Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield plans that do not include “Multi-State Plan” in their name include coverage for elective abortions.

Background: This FAQ was made available in response to an article by  Anna Higgins, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council.  Anna tried to identify which plans in the D.C. HealthLink excluded abortion.  Telephone representatives for the D.C. HealthLink erroneously informed Anna that all plans on the D.C. exchange include elective abortion.  When Anna published her article about her experience, she was quickly contacted by D.C. officials who apologized, gave the information included in the FAQ, and informed her that their staff would be retrained on the subject. The FAQ is a step in the right direction although abortion coverage is still not easily identifiable when browsing plans on the D.C. exchange.

Such lack of transparency regarding abortion coverage is not isolated to D.C.  It has proven to be a nearly universal problem in the exchanges.  Even Secretary Sebelius was unable to give a clear answer on the subject when asked by Rep. John Shimkus at the Energy and Commerce Hearing yesterday.  To address this problem, Rep. Chris Smith has introduced the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act”, H.R. 3279.  This bill would reverse the secrecy clause in the ACA and require that all plans on the exchanges disclose whether or not the plan includes abortion.  If the plan includes abortion, the plan must also disclose the amount of the abortion surcharge.

Question: Which plans in West Virginia cover abortion and which do not? Does anyone know?

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Engaging Weekend: Baptists in Kentucky Consider Hiring Homosexuals, Court Reinstates Texas Abortion Laws, Rally Held to Expose Abortion in ObamaCare

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Hiring of homosexual employees being considered by Ky. Baptist child care agency

A Baptist ministry to children is considering changing its hiring policy to allow for hiring homosexuals. A recent article states: “The president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s children’s services agency has recommended that the organization amend its hiring practices to ban discrimination against homosexuals, according to a PowerPoint presentation posted on the agency’s website… Trustees were scheduled to vote on the proposal during their Nov. 8 meeting. One trustee, Rick Fyffe, resigned in protest. Another, Stan Spees, is being threatened with removal from the board for voicing his opposition publicly to the change.” The heart of the issue is…federal funding. The ministry receives most of its annual budget from the federal government and while it won’t openly admit that funding is the issue, it is clear that such is the case. The embattled president of the ministry said: “A church or religious organization can hire all Christians and hold them to their standards…but they cannot accept state/federal monies. Sunrise cannot meet the needs of today’s abused and neglected children without public assistance.” First, he is dead wrong. The federal government cannot discriminate in handing out funds just because an organization is religious and adheres to the tenets of its faith. Second, you cannot serve God and money. This is a sad situation in which a leader appears willing to compromise his convictions in order to secure money. What next? Click here for the original article.

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70% Say Delay the Mandate

Washington Examiner: “American voters overwhelmingly support a delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance, according to a portion of a new Republican poll shared with the Washington Examiner…in a survey conducted for the GOP group Crossroads GPS from Sunday through Tuesday, found that 70 percent of “registered voters” support delaying the individual mandate in the wake of problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Fifty-five percent said they “strongly favor” such a delay.”

It’s no secret that a majority of Americans are disappointed with the roll out of ObamaCare. It’s also no secret that most Americans don’t even want the bill to stand. ObamaCare is such an awful bill that even President Obama’s most ardent supporters are looking for a way to repeal it. Perhaps it’s that ObamaCare expands abortion and forces every citizen to fund the abortion industry. Or maybe it is that it threatens our religious freedom by violating our convictions on abortion. One thing is for sure, it is a terrible bill that needs to be repealed. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Sen. Manchin Wants to Delay ObamaCare Mandate Until 2015

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is now supporting a bill to delay the implementation of the ObamaCare HHS mandate until January 1, 2015. The mandate demands every citizen to purchase insurance or face fines and penalties. But with the recent debacle in rolling out ObamaCare and all the glitches with the website and phone system, delaying the HHS mandate is becoming a very popular position. Polls show a majority of Americans support delaying the mandate.

While I am happy that a bi-partisan effort is being made to delay the mandate, I am also skeptical. First, delaying the mandate can be a distraction to remove the focus from the primary need of repealing ObamaCare in its entirety. Second, this effort can also be a shelter for vulnerable democrats running in 2014. Such a shelter would allow these democrats to get re-elected where they will then support ObamaCare and its full implementation. So while I am hopeful that the mandate will be delated, I remain resolute in the position that it needs to be repealed entirely and urge Sen. Manchin, along with others in Congress to work to that end. Watch Sen. Manchin’s interview with Bill O’Reilly below. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Will Congress Delay ObamaCare HHS Mandate?

ObamaCare is a nightmare, that much is sure. From how it was passed to the mountain of paperwork, the confusing language, the fact that Congress is exempt, the fact that Obama has given waivers to his closest friends and allies while requiring Americans to abide by it, it’s a nightmare. It also seeks to force Americans to violate their religious convictions by helping fund the abortion industry. In that respect it is unconstitutional. But at least some in Congress are working to fix it. A recent article reports:

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will introduce a bill to delay the health law’s individual mandate, requiring people without health insurance to buy it, until Obamcare’s numerous and serious technical problems are fixed…GOP lawmakers tried to delay the individual mandate during negotiations over the government shutdown, but Democrats refused to budge. Since then, a series of bombshell revelations about the failures of the Obamacare website has created such an uproar, Republicans hope Democrats will see the benefit in a delay.” This is a good first step that should only be the first step in repealing this awful bill. Otherwise we can expect the American health care system to get even worse. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Hobby Lobby Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case

The Hobby Lobby case took an interesting turn recently when the family owned craft giant agreed with the government and asked the Supreme Court to take the case. After finally receiving a temporary injunction against the pro-abortion HHS mandate, the federal government asked the Supreme Court to consider taking the case. Hobby Lobby agreed and filed their own petition asking for the high court to hear the case. An attorney from the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom representing Hobby Lobby explained this decision:

“Hobby Lobby’s case raises important questions about who can enjoy religious freedom…Right now, some courts recognize the rights of business owners like the Green family, and others do not. Religious freedom is too important to be left to chance. The Supreme Court should take this case and protect religious freedom for the Green family and Hobby Lobby.” This case, along with the many others suing the federal government over the HHS mandate, is among the most important in recent years. The outcome has implications for every person with a religious convictions against abortion in deciding whether the government can force you to violate your religious convictions. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Cost of ObamaCare: People Losing Insurance Plans

Remember when President Obama made this statement: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan…If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.” It seemed to be the perfect plan, coverage for people who didn’t have any while the rest of us kept our existing plans. Of course, it was all untrue.

What everyone now knows is that ObamaCare is costing people their insurance plans. ObamaCare is driving premiums up by 100-300% for some families. ObamaCare is forcing every American to pay for abortion via the HHS mandate. It seems that everything we were told about ObamaCare is untrue. And yet Democrats want to continue ramming this awful bill down our throats while exempting themselves and their staffs. Americans should not be forced to violate their conscience and religious convictions paying for abortion so the government can take over health care. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: Democrats Vote to Fund ObamaCare and Abortion, New Jersey Judge Allows Gay Marriage, Obama Asks for Pastor Saeed to be Released

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Senate Democrats Block Republicans’ Effort to Defund Pro-Abortion Obamacare

The Senate voted on Friday to return funding for ObamaCare to the continuing resolution bill. A recent article states: “With the Senate voting 54-44 on a party-line vote today, Senate Democrats blocked an effort by Republicans to de-fund the Obamacare legislation that pro-life groups oppose because it will fund abortions and presents rationing concerns.” What this means is that every Democrat voted to fund ObamaCare and force the horrible legislation on Americans once again; including forcing Americans to fund abortions. Even though a super majority of Americans despise ObamaCare and want it repealed, Democrats don’t seem to care about the wishes of the American people. Furthermore, this means that Sen. Joe Manchin can never again claim to be pro-life. This is without a doubt a heavily pro-abortion bill that anyone claiming to be pro-life could not support. Evidently Manchin likes to tell West Virginians he is pro-life and then support abortion funding with his vote. Now we know where he stands. Click here for original article.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Pro-Life Roundup: Some of the Best Pro-Life Articles This Week

Every once in a while there is a week that has so many incredible articles that I just can’t get to them all. Rather than try to post them separately I’ve decided to combine them into one awesome pro-life resource article. If you like pictures, stats, or activism, you will find some great content here.

First is this article: Top 10 Mind-Blowing Images Of Human Life In The Womb

This article contains 10 of the most incredible images from inside the womb I have ever seen. I don’t have space to post them all, but the one below is just a sample of the amazing images found in the article. When one considers that the image below shows an unborn child at just 6-7 weeks gestation, it baffles me to think how anyone can say it’s a “blob of cells,” or “product of conception.” Saying that this is anything less than an unborn human being is logically and intellectually dishonest and absurd.

6-7 weeks gestation:

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: ObamaCare Heading to the Supreme Court, Republican Led House Votes to Defund ObamaCare, Hotel Couple Has to Sell After Harassment from LGBT Community

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When, not if: Conflicting court rulings set up an ObamaCare decision at the Supreme Court

The ObamaCare HHS mandate is getting trounced in federal court. The last I heard the ratio was 27-7, in which the HHS mandate has lost 27 times. Dozens more lawsuits against the mandate are pending which leads to the conclusion that it will inevitably end p before the Supreme Court. A recent article highlights two cases that could expedite this fact: “On Thursday, Alliance Defending Freedom asked the high court to hear arguments in the case of a Mennonite cabinetmaker who opposes the mandate on religious grounds, but whose request for religious accommodation was denied by the Third Circuit in July. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has only until September 25 to decide whether to ask the Supreme Court to review the Tenth Circuit’s ruling against the mandate in the high-profile Hobby Lobby case, which it appealed in federal court on Tuesday.” One can only guess what the Supreme Court will say about the HHS mandate. The very fact that it is called a mandate suggests the federal government has power to compel Americans to purchase something. Yet the Constitution expressly forbids such practices by the government. The Constitution also protects the religious freedom and consciences of Americans by ensuring no one is forced to violate their convictions. The HHS mandate violates all these constitutional principles. Click here for original article.

House votes to fund government through mid-December, defund ObamaCare [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.