07 Jan '12, 2am

Proposed Washington Bill Would Keep Private Insurance Coverage For Abortion | Care2 Causes

Proposed Washington Bill Would Keep Private Insurance Coverage For Abortion | Care2 Causes

Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that would require private insurance plans to cover abortion s, placing the state squarely against the current tide of seeking to restriction abortion access and affordability. If the measure passes it would be the first mandate of its kind and a significant victory for women’s health advocates. The proposal would extend a 20-year-old mandate that insurance plans funded or administered by the state cover abortion if they cover maternity care. The proposal is still in draft form and is a response to uncertainty surrounding the fate of federal health care reform and as the state prepares to set up its health-insurance exchange established by the Affordable Care Act. As it stands, federal law requires state-run health-care exchanges to include at least one insurance plan that does not cover abortion. That requirement would giv...

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