Texas bill prohibits abortion coverage in health benefit exchanges with few exceptions

A law in committee before the Texas House would prohibit a health plan offered through a health benefit exchange from providing coverage for an abortion, unless the abortion was needed to avert her death or a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, according to Texas Alliance for Life.

Texas HB3130 says:

    a qualified health plan offered through a health benefit exchange may not provide coverage for an abortion other than coverage for an abortion performed when a condition exists, based on reasonable medical judgment, that complicates the medical condition of the pregnant woman or pregnant minor to an extent that:

    (1) the immediate abortion of her pregnancy is
    necessary to avert her death; or
    (2) a delay in performing the abortion creates a
    serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of
    a major bodily function, other than a psychological or emotional
    condition.

The law clarifies that, under section (a) the law does not authorize coverage for an abortion based on a potential future medical condition that may result from a voluntary act of the woman or minor after the abortion is performed.

The law was introduced by Rep. Marsha Farney (R) and is sponsored by Republican Representatives: Geanie Morrison, Cindy Burkett, Patricia Harless and Rodney Anderson.

Under HB 3130, if a woman wants an insurance plan which covers abortion, she would not be prevented from purchasing optional or supplemental coverage for abortion.

Testimony on the bill is expected to be heard this week.

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