Officials, nonprofits pitch new tactics to increase abortion access

Lawmakers and nonprofits are moving to expand New York’s robust access to abortion services with new efforts to lower financial barriers for women across the state and coming from out of state.

The fiscal 2023 state budget package, which was approved during the weekend, includes a new requirement that insurance cover abortion without cost sharing. The requirement applies to health plans that offer maternity coverage and specifies that abortion not be subject to annual deductibles, coinsurance or copayments, except for high-deductible plans.

Previously, insurers were subject to state regulation that they not limit or exclude coverage for abortions that are “medically necessary,” which the Department of Financial Services

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