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Abortion: Private and Public Coverage | In the News

States continue to pass new restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion regardless of whether a woman receives her insurance from the government, including Medicaid, or from a private insurer. Some of these restrictions would be applied to the health care exchanges being created under federal health care reform.

Vt. Man Files Federal Lawsuit Over Concerns About Marketplace Abortion Coverage
A Vermont man last month filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state's health insurance marketplace for not including any plans that do not include a fee for abortion coverage beyond cases of rape, incest and life endangerment, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Ariz. Bill Would Ban Abortion Coverage in Health Plans Sold Through ACA Marketplace
The Arizona Senate on Thursday voted 17-12 to pass a bill (SB 1318) that would bar women in the state from purchasing health plans that include abortion coverage on the federal insurance marketplace, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Va. Senate Committee Rejects Attempt To Repeal Ultrasound Mandate
A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday rejected a bill (SB 733) that would have repealed a 2012 measure (Code of Virginia 18.2-76) mandating that a woman receive an ultrasound before an abortion, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Minn. Abortion-Rights Opponents Seek Legislative Support; Gov. Against New Restrictions
Abortion-rights opponents in Minnesota hope that Republican control of the state House could help advance their goals this year, although Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and the Democratic-controlled state Senate are unlikely to be receptive, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Report: Majority of Women Cannot Access Abortion Coverage in ACA Marketplaces
About 60% of U.S. women who qualify for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) are unable to access a plan that covers abortion through the law's marketplaces, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released on Wednesday, The Hill reports.

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Abortion: Private and Public Coverage | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Abortion: Private and Public Coverage.

ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri v. Praeger
Federal court challenge to a Kansas law that prohibits insurance coverage of abortion and abortion-related services.

Walker v. Jesson
Demand for declaratory and injunctive relief against the state Department of Human Services (DHS), accusing DHS of using public funds to pay for non-therapeutic abortions for indigent women.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. Streur
State court challenge to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services regulations and statute that severely restrict the circumstances under which the state will provide Medicaid coverage for medically necessary abortions.

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