States passing laws to bar insurance plans from covering abortion

Friday, March 11, 2011; 8:45 PM

Five states have long-standing laws barring private health insurance plans from covering abortion except in restricted cases such as when a mother's life is at risk:

• Idaho

¿ Kentucky

¿ Missouri

¿ North Dakota

¿ Oklahoma

Within months of the new health-care law's adoption, five states passed laws barring plans sold on exchanges from covering abortion except in restricted cases.

¿ Arizona

¿ Louisiana

¿ Mississippi

¿ Missouri*

¿ Tennessee

*Missouri already had a law barring abortion coverage by all private plans, so even if it had not adopted this new law, plans sold on an exchange in Missouri could not have offered abortion coverage.

This year, 22 state legislatures have been considering bills that would ban abortion coverage by plans sold on exchanges, except in restricted cases.

¿ Alabama

¿ Arkansas

¿ Florida

¿ Georgia

¿ Idaho*

¿ Indiana

¿ Iowa

¿ Kansas

¿ Kentucky*

¿ Michigan

¿ Montana

¿ Nebraska

¿ New Jersey

¿ Ohio

¿ Oklahoma*

¿ Pennsylvania

¿ Rhode Island

¿ South Carolina

¿ Texas

¿ Utah

¿ Virginia

Virginia's general assembly has concluded its session without adopting the bill. Antiabortion lawmakers and activists say they plan to try again next year.

¿ West Virginia

*Idaho, Kentucky and Oklahoma already have laws barring abortion coverage by all private plans, so plans sold on their exchanges will be barred from covering abortion even without further action by state legislators.

Eight of these states are also considering bills that would bar all private plans from covering abortion, not just those sold on exchanges:

¿ Indiana

¿ Kansas

¿ Michigan

¿ Nebraska

¿ Oklahoma*

¿ South Carolina

¿ Texas

¿ West Virginia

*Oklahoma already has a version of this law on its books.

SOURCE: NARAL Pro Choice America, National Right to Life and the Guttmacher Institute

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