- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Many subscribers in Rhode Island’s health insurance marketplace have been automatically switched to plans for 2016 that offer minimal abortion coverage.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1lazTp6 ) that nearly 9,000 of the 32,000 non-commercial subscribers have been moved from plans with typical abortion benefits to ones with minimal coverage that were designed to satisfy abortion opponents.

State regulations require all insurers to offer such plans as of 2016.

HealthSource says subscribers are being put into plans in 2016 that most closely match their 2015 plans. It says Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island put subscribers into the limited plans. United Healthcare did not.

HealthSource says subscribers are being notified of the change and can switch before a Dec. 23 deadline.

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