OLYMPIA, Wash. – Providence Health Plan (Providence) of Portland, OR, - a new health insurer - has been approved to sell three health plans in the 2020 individual market. It will offer plans in six counties: Clark, Spokane, Thurston, Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla.
Providence is the first health insurer to invoke its religious conviction to limit coverage of abortion services to its enrollees. Abortion will be covered by a Providence plan only if there is a severe threat to the mother, or if the fetus cannot be sustained.
“I’m pleased some consumers will have an additional choice for their health insurance,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “But before we could approve these plans, we had to know how women selecting this insurer would access the critical reproductive services they might need and that Providence objected offering.”