A state Senate committee today approved a bill to ban abortion coverage from policies obtained through the federally-mandated health insurance exchanges that are to begin in 2014.
The bill passed the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday, 12-2. No public hearing was held.
“Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states have the authority to prohibit certain abortion coverage in these health plans and we intend to exercise that power,”said committee chairman Sen. Don White (R., Indiana). “This is not a new step for Pennsylvania, but rather an extension of the restrictions already in place for medical assistance and other taxpayer subsidized programs.”
Last year’s landmark federal health care law requires states to set up the exchanges to provide a marketplace where small businesses and individuals can buy coverage. Last year Gov. Corbett, as Pennsylvania attorney general, was one of the official in 20 states who sued the Obama administration to stop implementation of the health care bill.