University of Wyoming Automatically Enrolls Students in Insurance Plan That Pays for Abortions

State   |   Christina Vazquez   |   Oct 2, 2018   |   10:45AM   |   Laramie, Wyoming

The University of Wyoming offers health insurance to its students, but students may not be aware of one of the more controversial procedures the insurance covers—abortion.

The College Fix reported last week that the University of Wyoming automatically enrolls international students in its university health insurance plan, which covers elective abortions. Students also can fill out a waiver that allows students to get alternative insurance that does not cover abortion.

Laura Betzold, the chief risk officer in the school’s Office of Risk Management, said, “The UW student insurance plans for domestic and international students, offered through United Healthcare Student Resources, cover both medically necessary and elective abortion.”

Betzold also stated that students receive documents that list policy terms, but did not say if students were directly told that abortion is covered.

The University of Wyoming is the state’s largest university with nearly 14,000 students enrolled. This puts many students in the position of having abortion access.

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The governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead, did not comment directly on the university’s healthcare policy. However, his chief of staff Kari Jo Gray did respond, telling the news outlet: “The University of Wyoming student health plan is funded entirely by students participating in the health program. No state money is provided for the plan. The United Health Plan submitted the most competitive bid to the University of Wyoming, providing ACA compliance and affordable fees for students who elect to participate in the plan.”

The University of Wyoming is not the only school to discreetly offer abortions in their insurance plans. Harvard University, Boston University, and the University of California, Los Angeles all have student health plans that cover elective abortions, sterilization and contraception services, according to the report.