By Jess Seabolt, June 25, 2014
A bill prohibiting insurance policies and health maintenance organization contracts from providing coverage for abortions will go into effect July 1.
House Bill 1123, authored by Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Lizton, prohibits insurance companies from covering abortions, unless there is a specific circumstance, such as cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother. The bill pertains to all insurance companies, such as state employee health plans, private policies and student health policies.
The bill does allow for abortion coverage if the consumer opts to pay for it separately as an add-on through a rider or endorsement.