By Valerie Schmalz, OSV contributing editor
Earlier this year, we reported here the good news that the Jesuit University of San Francisco had notified its faculty that as of March 1 it was removing abortion coverage — both surgical and chemical — from its Blue Cross plan (but was unable to do so from a recently negotiated Kaiser Permanente HMO plan).
Apparently that plan has run into some roadblocks.
Gary McDonald, a top communications official for the university, told us tonight that "altering an insurance plan once it goes into effect is more complicated than we anticipated."
"We have not yet been able to drop that coverage. A number of unions have voiced objections to any change in their insurance, and we are working with our employee groups, our attorneys and insurance brokers to understand the complicated legal and procedural details."
"I do not know how long our review process will take," he added, "but I will keep you updated on any developments."
And we'll keep you posted, too. We're working on a major story on Catholic colleges/universities and their health insurance plans.