published Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Tennessee: Bill to ban abortion in insurance exchanges now in effect


by Emily Bregel

Legislation went into effect today barring coverage of abortion in health plans offered through the state-run health insurance exchange to be created under the health reform bill.

Two weeks after the General Assembly easily passed the legislation, today Gov. Phil Bredesen declined to either sign or veto the bill. So the measure — SB 2686 — still goes into law, according to a news release from Tennessee Right to Life, a nonprofit, pro-life organization.

The move makes Tennessee the second state, after Arizona, to enact legislation prohibiting abortion coverage in the state-run health exchanges. Legislation is pending in eight other states.

Legislative Democratic leaders have questioned whether the law was needed since the federal law already includes anti-abortion language.

They also have raised concerns whether it would deny health insurance coverage to women seeking abortions in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s health was threatened.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Emily Bregel...

Health care reporter Emily Bregel has worked at the Chattanooga Times Free Press since July 2006. She previously covered banking and wrote for the Life section. Emily, a native of Baltimore, Md., earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University. She received a first-place award for feature writing from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ Golden Press Card Contest for a 2009 article about a boy with a congenital heart defect. She ...

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mariebarbara said...

The Dems know full well that the Hyde Amendment only refers to medicaid funding and so their statement is not correct. Even if it was true, why would they oppose a restatement of the fact. It is because they are supportive of the abortion industry, that's why. Also, everyone who has studied the issue for five minutes knows that to say the health of the woman is defined in very broad terms to mean any reason including not wanting to continue the pregnancy. Again double speak. Since rape and incest make up less than 1% of the abortions that is decptive also. If a woman wants an abortion she may use private funds, or a private insurance policy that is not subsidized by tax dollars the way the new healthcare bill will be through exchanges. Overwhelmingly Americans AND Tennesseans object to using their tax dollars to pay for abortions. Healthcare is supposed to be life saving not life destruction. In short, abortion is not healthcare

May 6, 2010 at 8:41 a.m.
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