Alabama Senate Says No to Abortion in Health Exchange

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill to prohibit any insurance plan offered through a health insurance exchange in the state from offering coverage for elective abortions.

The bill cleared the Senate 30-2 Tuesday and now goes to the House for consideration.

Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper got a similar bill through the Senate last year, but it died in the House.

Reed said the federal health care law allows states to opt out of allowing abortion coverage in their insurance exchanges, which would include those purchasing federally subsidized plans and

States are supposed to have their exchanges set up by 2014.

A task force created by Gov. Robert Bentley has recommended how an exchange should be established, but the legislature has not yet
approved it.

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