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HB 214 - Premium Increase for Non-Emergency Abortions - Texas Key Vote

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Title: Premium Increase for Non-Emergency Abortions

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Title: Premium Increase for Non-Emergency Abortions

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

A vote to pass a bill establishing new requirements for elective abortions.

Highlights:

  • Defines “elective abortion” as an abortion performed that is not due to a medical emergency (Sec. 1695).
  • Specifies that a qualified health plan offered through the health benefit exchange may not provide coverage for elective abortions (Sec. 1696).

  • Defines “health benefit exchange” as an American health benefit exchange administered by the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Sec. 1696).

  • Authorizes a health benefit plan to provide coverage for elective abortions under the following circumstances (Sec. 1218):

    • The coverage for elective abortion is provided separately from the other health benefit plan coverage offered;

    • The enrollee pays the premium for coverage for elective abortions separately from the premium for other health benefit plan coverage; and

    • The enrollee provides a signature for coverage for elective abortions separately from the signature required for other health benefit plan coverage.

  • Prohibits a health benefit plan issuer from providing a premium discount for an enrollee for another health benefit plan on the basis that the enrollee has coverage for elective abortion (Sec. 1218).

  • Establishes that a healthcare facility that provides coverage for elective abortions shall provide an enrollee with notice of the following information, prior to procedure (Sec. 1218):

    • Coverage for elective abortions is optional and separate from other health benefit plan coverage offered;

    • The premium cost for elective abortion coverage is a premium paid separately from the other health benefit plans; and

    • The enrollee may enroll in a health benefit plan without obtaining coverage for elective abortions.

Title: Premium Increase for Non-Emergency Abortions

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