Michigan’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Will Provide Abortion Travel Benefit

Michigan’s largest health insurer will soon offer employers a reimbursement option that would cover travel costs for employees seeking an abortion if the procedure is not available in their state.

Michigan’s new Blue Cross Blue Shield benefit option follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, which now leaves it up to states to authorize, restrict or prohibit abortions. Abortion remains legal in Michigan due to a court-ordered injunction.

Michigan’s Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network are expanding an existing travel reimbursement giving employers the ability to cover employee travel for services not available where they live, including abortions.

The Detroit Free Press learned of the extended travel benefits in a Tuesday memo that appears to have been sent by Michigan’s Blue Cross Blue Shield. Although Helen Stojic, a spokesperson for the insurer, could not confirm the existence of the memo, she said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan had contacted customer groups about the issue. travel option.

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