Pro-Life Lawsuit against the state of Illinois Dismissed

UPDATE: Pro-Life Lawsuit against the State of Illinois Dismissal Appealed
NO HB40

On November 30, 2017, the Thomas More Society filed a taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials in a counter attack against House Bill 40, which requires public funding of tens of thousands of elective abortions. The taxpayer lawsuit, filed in the Sangamon County Circuit Court, is brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois taxpayers, represented by county and statewide pro-life organizations including the Illinois Federation for Right to Life and it's many affiliates was dismissed by Associate Circuit Judge Jennifer Ascher. A notice of appeal was entered on January 2nd, in the 4th Appelate Court.

November 9, 2017

Illinois taxpayers, but not health care carriers, will pay for elective abortions in 2018

Taxpayer Funded Abortions
Taxpayers in Illinois will be paying for elective abortions for expectant mothers on Medicaid and employed by the state - but private companies in Illinois will not be offering the same coverage, a new study on Illinois programs said Wednesday.

Family Research Council released a study of the health care coverage being offered throughout the states as they pertained to elective abortions. Here's what they and the Charlotte Lozier Institute found about Illinois' programs:

    Names of Insurance Carriers and Their Elective-Abortion Coverage:

1. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (12): No plans cover elective abortion (2018 plan documents).

2. Celtic Insurance Company (9): No plans cover elective abortion (2018 plan documents).

3. Cigna Healthcare of Illinois Inc. (5): No plans cover elective abortion (2018 plan documents).

4. Health Alliance Medical Plans Inc. (61): No plans cover elective abortion (2018 rep. communication).

5. *Highmark BCBSD Inc. (7): No plans cover elective abortion (2018 plan documents).

There are a total of 5 insurance carriers being offered on the Illinois exchange in 2018.  Highmark is new to the Illinois marketplace in 2018 while Humana is the only insurance carrier to leave the Illinois marketplace. In 2017, all 61 plans did not cover elective abortion. In 2018, all 94 plans will not cover elective abortion, a 33 plan increase in insurance options.

For more about Illinois and other states, see "Abortion in Obamacare" HERE.

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