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Lawmakers in Washington State Advance Bill That Would Mandate Abortion Coverage in Student Health Plans

Added 04-16-21 08:38:02am EST - “"It's just another attempt to force insurance providers to cover abortions regardless of the religious, social or other objections of institutions and individuals"” - Legalinsurrection.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “Lawmakers in Washington State Advance Bill That Would Mandate Abortion Coverage in Student Health Plans”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“It’s just another attempt to force insurance providers to cover abortions regardless of the religious, social or other objections of institutions and individuals”

California did this a while back. It’s surprising that a state like Washington doesn’t already have this.

A bill that would require Washington state colleges and universities to cover abortions in student health plans recently passed both chambers of the state legislature, and appears likely to be signed into law.

HB 1009 would mandate that student health plans “may not limit a woman’s access to services related to the voluntary abortion of a pregnancy” and insurance plans “that provide coverage for maternity care or services must also provide substantially equivalent coverage to permit the voluntary abortion of a pregnancy.”

The legislation passed the state senate on April 6 in a 29-19 party-line vote and has already passed the state house. It awaits Governor Jay Inslee’s signature as of April 14.

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