Oregon, Texas Lay Down Markers On Abortion Coverage

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, D, center, recently signed a bill into law that would require insurers in the state to cover reproductive health services.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, D, center, recently signed a bill into law that would require insurers in the state to cover reproductive health services.

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Federal health insurance rules are a moving target, and it’s unclear whether Republicans will take another run at replacing the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, some states are staking out strong positions on coverage of abortion, regardless of how the federal landscape changes.

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a bill generally prohibiting health insurers who offer individual and employer-based plans from covering abortion unless a woman’s life is in danger.

That same day, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, signed a bill requiring most health plans to cover reproductive health services, including contraceptive drugs, devices, and procedures, without charging consumers anything out-of-pocket. Abortion is one of those services.

The federal Affordable Care Act probably deserves some

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/23/544543714/oregon-texas-lay-down-markers-on-abortion-coverage?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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