Sale of Catholic Health Insurer Fidelis May “Ease” Birth Control and Abortion Access in New York

Sale of Catholic Health Insurer Fidelis May “Ease” Birth Control [and Abortion] Access in New York

[If you can’t bully them out of their Catholic principles. buy ’em out! – AQ Tom]

 Amy Littlefield

“In terms of reproductive health coverage, I think the sale of Fidelis to Centene is a win for the women of New York,” Lois Uttley, who has researched Fidelis for at least a decade, told Rewire.News.

If Fidelis Care is sold, 1.7 million New Yorkers enrolled in the Catholic health insurance company will no longer have their reproductive health access curtailed by the Catholic Church.

Fidelis, one of the most dominant insurers on New York’s state-run exchange, refuses to cover abortion care, sterilization, and most forms of contraception under the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives, outsourcing reproductive health care coverage to a third-party insurer for many of its members. These members encounter a bureaucratic obstacle course when trying to obtain contraception, as a Rewire.News investigation last year revealed. (The third-party insurer, Unified IPA, says in its benefits plan for this year that it covers “medically necessary abortions including abortions in cases of rape, incest or fetal malformation,” but only covers one “elective” abortion each plan year.)

The restrictions would end if the New York attorney general’s office approves the sale of Fidelis to the for-profit Centene Corporation.

“In terms of reproductive health coverage, I think the sale of Fidelis to Centene is a win for the women of New York,” Lois Uttley, who has researched Fidelis for at least a decade, told Rewire.News.

It’s unclear exactly when Centene would lift the restrictions.

document outlining the terms of the sale says that for one year after the closing, Centene will “use commercially reasonable good faith efforts to comply with the protocols and policies developed by [Fidelis]…relating to the Ethical and Religious Directives.”

But Uttley said that during a meeting with health advocates late last year, Centene executive Chris Koster assured her the company would lift the restrictions as quickly as possible. “It was my impression that it would take place by the end of this year, assuming the transaction went through in 2018,” Uttley said.

Centene did not respond to questions about the timeline.

“Once the transaction is finalized, Centene will follow the instruction of New York regulators on all issues,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The New York attorney general’s office, which is reeling from the resignation this week of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman following reports he physically and psychologically abused women, did not respond to questions about whether it would require Centene to meet any conditions for reproductive health coverage. New York’s Department of Health and Department of Financial Services (DFS) have both approved the sale.

In an emailed statement, New York Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo said DFS has “advised both Fidelis and Centene that, if the acquisition transaction is approved and executed, all of the coverages required by New York and federal law, and DFS regulations mandating contraceptive and abortion coverage, must be provided directly by [Centene].”

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3 comments on “Sale of Catholic Health Insurer Fidelis May “Ease” Birth Control and Abortion Access in New York

  1. Maria T. Vullo, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), which approved the purchase of the formerly Catholic and pro-life Fidelis health insurer by the secular and pro-culture-of-sterility-and-death Centene Corp., said in an emailed statement: DFS has “advised both Fidelis and Centene that all of the coverages required by New York and federal law, and DFS regulations mandating contraceptive and abortion coverage, must be provided directly.”
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    Cardinal Dolan and the other New York bishops see no problem possibly because of the Almighty Dollar: $3,200,000,000 will go to the creation of a health foundation which, to quote His Eminence, “born of our Catholic tradition of healing for the sick and caring for the poor, will provide assistance to needy New Yorkers of every color, every religion and every background” – except for babies killed by abortions covered by the new health insurer!

  2. [Angelqueen scooped Church Militant on this topic by 11 days (i.e., May 10th and May 21st, respectively)!]
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    NY BISHOPS SELL OFF CATHOLIC HEALTH SYSTEM FOR $3.75 BILLION
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    by Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant.com • May 21, 2018
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    Sale to secular corporation opens up the way to abortion, contraception

  3. I remain skeptical that CM is beyond the reach of the Opie Dopies, despite their protests to the contrary. A savvy trad put me onto the depth and breadth of OD as a covert control agent infiltrating trad sites and other media organizations.
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    All I can say is that the Dopies are a cult with a ton of $$$, a manipulative MO and a monomaniacal will to subvert.

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