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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.

Tenn. Ballot Measure Could Reshape Legislature's Ability To Restrict Abortion
Tennessee voters in November will decide on a ballot measure (Amendment 1) that could make it easier for state lawmakers to enact harsh abortion restrictions that are in place in neighboring states, Mother Jones reports.

Reproductive Health Coverage, Parental Leave Have Strong Support in W.Va. Poll
A majority of West Virginia voters support comprehensive Medicaid coverage of reproductive health services, as well as paid parental leave, according to a poll commissioned by the women's health advocacy group WV Free, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Mich. Lawmakers Propose Contraceptive Coverage Disclosure Bills
Michigan lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require employers in the state to provide information about contraceptive coverage options to all current and prospective employees, the AP/Washington Times reports.

Seattle Resolution Rejects Hyde Amendment, Supports Reproductive Health Access, Op-Ed States
Seattle this week became "the first jurisdiction in the Northwest -- and the sixth nationally -- to declare its support for overturning the Hyde Amendment and restoring access to reproductive health care for every woman," write Seattle City Council Member Bruce Harrell, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Executive Director Rachel Berkson and Legal Voice Executive Director Lisa Stone in an opinion piece for the Seattle Stranger's "Slog."

La. Medicaid Plans, Some Private Plans Stop Covering Early Elective Deliveries
Louisiana's Medicaid program and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana no longer cover the cost of deliveries that occur before 39 weeks of pregnancy without a medical reason, the Baton Rouge Advocate 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.

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.

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.

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

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