By Tracy Seipel
Spurred by faculty and staff outrage over the refusal by two Catholic universities to pay for elective abortions, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday announced that health insurance companies in the state can no longer deny coverage for these procedures.
The department's reversal from an earlier decision that allowed insurance companies to eliminate that coverage drew swift reaction from both sides.
"We welcome the department's action in really enforcing what current California law is,'' said Dipti Singh, staff attorney with the National Health Law Program. Over the last year, the non profit has worked with groups including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU to bring the discrepancy to the department's attention.
"The faculty has done a great job advocating for themselves and ensuring that their health insurance is comprehensive,'' Singh said.