Remember me mentioning that "informal survey" presented at the committee meeting, seems as though my Spidey senses were attuned to the survey shenanigans. Turns out that it was not only informal but pertnear non-existent. Jason Tolbert, of the Tolbert Report, called the Commissioners office and FOIA'd (read post here) the survey. But what to his wandering eyes should appear but a miniature survey and an embarrassed Commissionier, (sorry the snow has me back in Christmas mode.)
The survey was only returned by one insurance company, QualChoice, and here is the response as posted on Tolberts blog:
QualChoice, the only respondant in this survey, sent a copy of its policy on abortion coverage attached to an email. In the email, a representative of QualChoice said that they do not provide coverage for elective abortion but do “provide coverage for an abortion in the event of rape or incest as long as documented by a police report.”
Jason also found out the the Commissioner himself, Jay Bradford, will be giving a "presentation to the House Public Health Committee on the health insurance exchanges this coming Tuesday." Awww the plot thickens...
The point of all of this is even if there had been 400 companies answer the survey it has nothing to do with SB113. This bill addresses and takes advantage of the "opt out clause" of the new government healthcare plan and has nothing to do with private insurances.
I'm sure there will be more updates to this next week~