Insurance Companies Will Cover RU 486

Many health insurance companies, including Aetna, United Healthcare and Cigna, will cover the recently approved abortion pill, RU 486. Kaiser Permanente and Humana Inc. are still deciding on whether to cover RU 486. The pill, sold as Mifeprex, will be part of insurance companies’ standard medical benefits, rather than drug benefits, because the pill is an alternative to surgical abortion and is dispensed in a doctor’s office. Employers still have the option of providing their employees with medical benefits that cover abortion expenses. In addition to the insurance companies, the FDA has the support of the French creators of RU 486. They hope the FDA’s approval of RU 486 will help to increase acceptance of the pill in Africa, Latin American and Asia.


Associated Press _ October 3, 2000

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