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Analysis: Exchanges don't offer abortion coverage to most women

Roughly six in 10 women eligible for tax credits under ObamaCare cannot obtain health insurance coverage for abortion through the marketplaces, according to a new analysis.

Researchers with the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the majority of women are barred from obtaining abortion insurance on the exchanges because they live in states that have banned that coverage within their system or do not have an insurer that offers it.

Women in 31 states fall into one of these two categories, researchers wrote in a new analysis, "Abortion Coverage in Marketplace Plans, 2015."

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"Some states have exclusions that mirror the Hyde Amendment restrictions (only permitting coverage for abortions from pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or that are a threat to the life of the pregnant woman)," the analysis stated.

"Others have even narrower requirements, limiting abortion coverage only to life threatening circumstances and prohibiting coverage in cases of rape or incest, and in some state it is banned altogether regardless of the circumstance (Louisiana and Tennessee)."

Abortion coverage on the exchanges has been a controversial subject since before the law's passage.

Insurers that do offer abortion coverage through the exchanges are required to segregate funds for that coverage in order to prevent the intermingling of taxpayer and private dollars.

The Government Accountability Office found last year that the rules are being widely ignored by insurers within the system, a claim long made by anti-abortion activists.

The Kaiser Family Foundation argued that the segregation rules could be one reason that insurers in some states exclude abortion coverage from their exchange plans.

"This might be the case in West Virginia, where the same insurance carrier that does not offer abortion coverage for individual policies is, however, including abortion coverage in the group policies sold to small firms through the small group marketplace plans, where the accounting rules and reporting requirements do not apply," the analysis stated.