Planned Parenthood Directs People to Obamacare Plans That Include Its Services

October 31, 2013 - 12:38 PM

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(CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood Federation of America is directing visitors to its website to sign up for health insurance plans through Obamacare that include the nation’s largest abortion provider as “in-network providers.”

The home page at plannedparenthood.org features the headline: “Find a health plan in the marketplace that includes Planned Parenthood.”

Visitors can enter their zip code to find out what health care plans in the “marketplace” include Planned Parenthood and its services.

When you type in a zip code for Washington, D.C. – 20002 – the site locates three plans that include Planned Parenthood services: Aetna, United and Carefirst DC Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“The health insurance plans in the Marketplace listed on the right include Planned Parenthood as an in-network provider,” the text states. “That means you can use your insurance to cover health care services at Planned Parenthood if you have any of the insurance plans listed here. And with your new insurance, birth control and annual well-woman exams will be covered for free, with no copay!”

The “Plan Finder” portion of the site also tells visitors that there are other ways to get Planned Parenthood services through federal entitlement programs and private insurance plans.

“If you find out that you qualify for Medicaid, it’s important to know that Planned Parenthood health centers are also providers in many Medicaid Managed Care plans,” the text states. “In fact, under Medicaid, you can come to Planned Parenthood for birth control and annual well-woman exams -- covered for free, without a co-pay -- even if Planned Parenthood is not included as an in-network provider in your Medicaid plan.

“If you already have health insurance and don’t see your plan listed here, you should know that Planned Parenthood is included in a wide range of insurance plans,” the text states.

None of the information on this portion of its site lists abortion as a provided service, but according to a report by American Life League in 2011 Planned Parenthood had 322 facilities that performed abortions.

The web page also includes two links – one to find the location of the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic and another link to Get Covered America. The latter is part of the non-profit organization, Enroll America, which advocates for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

As CNSNews.com reported earlier, the Department of Health and Human Services gave grants totaling $655,192 to Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Montana and New Hampshire.

Those clinics are among the 105 organizations that applied for "Navigator" grants to help people sign up for health insurance. HHS is spending a total of $67 million overall on the sign-up effort.

According to HHS, "Navigators are trained to provide unbiased information in a culturally competent manner to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program."