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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.

Alaska Bill Restricting Medicaid Abortion Coverage Heads to Gov.
An Alaska bill (SB 49) that would define "medically necessary" abortions that are covered under the state's Medicaid program cleared its final legislative hurdle this week after lawmakers stripped language to expand family planning funding, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

Ga. Abortion Coverage Restrictions Head to Gov.
A Georgia bill (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in state employee health plans and private health plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace has cleared the state Legislature and is heading to Gov. Nathan Deal (R), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Abortion Coverage To End in Many Mich. Health Plans
Beginning Thursday, private health plans in Michigan will be prohibited from including abortion coverage, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports.

Ga. Senate Advances Abortion Coverage Ban
The Georgia Senate has approved a bill (S 98) that would prohibit abortion coverage in private health plans sold through the federal health insurance marketplace, WABE reports.

Wash. Abortion Coverage Parity Bill Not Likely To Pass This Year
Despite pressure from abortion-rights advocates, the Washington Legislature this year is not likely to pass a bill (HB 2148) that would require most health plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion services, KING 5 News 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 which 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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