RIPR News
8:48 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Anti-abortion group challenges health exchange

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Right to Life is taking the state to court over its creation of an online marketplace for health insurance.

The anti-abortion group says Governor Lincoln Chafee violated the separation of powers provision in the Rhode Island constitution by creating the state's so called health insurance exchange. The complaint filed in superior court today argues that Chafee had no legal right to form a board overseeing the exchange. Attorney Joseph Larisa says the governor's actions are putting the health insurance exchange at risk

"If we don't get this resolved, preferably through legislation, then potentially every action is subject to challenge," Larisa says.

Governor Chafee says he's confident in the state's legal position and comfortable with the route he took to create the exchange. Legislation to create the online marketplace for health insurance stalled in the General Assembly following an amendment that would prohibit government subsidized health plans from offering abortions.

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