Ohio’s Medicaid director says roughly 61,000 residents on the federal-state health program are poised to lose their coverage the end of this week.
Bill Would Ban State Health Plans From Covering Some Birth Control
A bill under consideration in the Ohio legislature would eliminate coverage for many birth control pills from the health plans of state employees.
Republican State Representative John Becker says those types of birth control effectively amount to abortion, and he wants to eliminate all coverage for abortion in state health care plans, even in cases of rape and incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.
The only exception would be an ectopic pregnancy, when the egg is implanted in the fallopian tubes.
Becker says the bill would eliminate insurance coverage for some popular inner-uterine forms of birth control.
“Yes, an I.U.D. would be prevented because those take a human life without question. Thatâ€™s what those are designed to do,” Becker says.
Becker says the bill would also eliminate other forms of birth control, like certain birth control pills, that prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a womanâ€™s uterus.
The bottom line is you have an embryo that is created. And it does implant that human life from being implanted in the uterus and it dies.
Some do not agree
Democratic State Representative John Carney takes issue with Beckerâ€™s thinking on this subject.
“Here youâ€™ve got a representative who just lacks fundamental understanding of medical science who is pushing forward a piece of legislation that would impact many many people here in the state of Ohio, to include all state employees, to include my family, to say that you shouldnâ€™t be able to use these sorts of birth control devices because they cause abortions which is just factually incorrect,” Carney says.
Carney says thereâ€™s no need for lawmakers to give this bill serious consideration.
It demonstrates how out of touch a number of these individuals are.
If Ohio bans the insurance coverage of these birth control methods, it would violate a rule in the Affordable Care Act that requires most insurance plans to cover the full range of contraceptives at no out of pocket cost to a woman.
Becker says heâ€™s in the process of getting more information on that.