New rules adopted for abortion payment conditions

State regulations take effect next month that further define what constitutes a "medically necessary" abortion for purposes of receiving Medicaid funding.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- State regulations take effect next month that further define what constitutes a "medically necessary" abortion for purposes of receiving Medicaid funding.

Notice was sent to the state health department Tuesday. The new rules, blasted by critics as unconstitutional, take effect Feb. 2.
The new certificate to request Medicaid funds features two boxes.
The provider would have to certify the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest or the abortion was performed to save the woman's life. Or, the provider would have to indicate an abortion was medically necessary to avoid a threat of serious risk to the woman's physical health from continuation of her pregnancy due to "impairment of a major bodily function." It then provides such a list of approved impairments.
 

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