Reporting from Washington — The abortion issue nearly derailed Senate Democrats' drive to overhaul healthcare. Here is a look at the compromise lawmakers reached.
Would insurance companies still be able to offer abortion coverage?
Yes, but a woman who receives federal subsidies to help her buy coverage and selects a plan that offers abortion services would have to send two checks to the insurance company. One would be placed in an account reserved specifically for abortion coverage.
How is that different from the original bill?
The original bill required women to send just one check, and insurers had to take steps to assure no subsidies, or taxpayer money, were used for abortion services.
Are there any other new requirements for insurance companies?
Insurers that offer plans with abortion services would have to offer a parallel plan with the same benefits, minus abortion coverage.