The recent U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision still leaves a lot of legal and regulatory abortion-access questions unanswered. In overturning the prior landmark Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Dobbs complicated matters by removing any national standard. Now, employers with employees in multiple states are left to manage multiple regulations.

One of the most pressing issues for employers and plan sponsors is whether they can continue offering abortion coverage through their health plans when coverage networks include states where abortion is illegal, and specifically, whether such plans can reimburse costs incurred when plan participants travel to a different state for a lawful abortion.

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