Ky. Lawmaker Plans Bill To Bar Abortion Coverage in State's Exchange

September 28, 2012 — Kentucky Rep. Stan Lee (R) on Wednesday said he plans to introduce legislation in January that would prohibit health plans from offering abortion coverage in the state's health insurance exchange, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) requires exchanges in each state, and Kentucky's is expected to launch in January.

Gov. Steve Beshear's (D) administration has assured lawmakers that abortion coverage will not be available through the exchange, according to the AP/Journal-Constitution. Earlier this year, the Kentucky Department of Insurance posted a notice online stating that coverage for "elective abortions" will not be offered because doing so "would be a violation of state law."

Nonetheless, Lee said he would prefer to have the restriction specifically written into law, "just to make sure." He expects the bill would secure quick approval in the House and Senate, adding, "It's just a question of getting it there" (Alford, AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/26).