4 academic institutions change health insurance policies for pregnant women following complaints

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Four academic centers altered their health insurance policies following allegations the institutions denied maternity care to some employees' dependents, reports The Seattle Times.

The National Women's Law Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit law firm, filed complaints in June 2013 against Auburn (Ala.) University, Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, Spokane, Wash.-based Gonzaga University and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education in Harrisburg, Pa. The complaints alleged the institutions violated the ACA by denying prenatal health services to pregnant women.

A spokesperson from Gonzaga said in a statement to The Seattle Times that "the university continues to provide [prenatal] coverage and works diligently to ensure its benefits plans are in compliance with all relevant state and federal regulations and requirements."

The NWLC said last week the institutions named in the complaints have changed their policies in response to the allegations, according to the report.  

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