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Update: Health Plan Considerations Now That Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

Update: This alert originally published on May 16, 2022, has been updated in light of the Supreme Court decision made on June 24, 2022, which overturned Roe v. Wade.In the wake of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, employers must immediately consider the group health plan implications now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, which removes the federal protection of abortion rights and enables each state to set its own legal requirements regarding abortions. Without Roe, an estimated 26 states either already have laws on their books banning or severely restricting access to abortions, or are likely to pass such laws. This means that group health plan coverage of abortions may be available to participants in certain states and not others. The below provides an overview of group health plan considerations that plan sponsors and administrators should review with counsel. Read more…