Legislators move to repeal abortion insurance law

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Two Democratic state lawmakers have introduced bills to repeal a controversial law that says women must have additional health care coverage to pay for costs incurred during a miscarriage or abortion.

State Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr and State Representative Sarah Roberts are hoping to repeal the law that took effect in March 2014. That measure was passed after a petition drive gathered enough signatures to require the Legislature to either vote on it or put it on a ballot.

It was passed into law that requires a special rider be added to a health insurance policy that would allow for full insurance coverage in cases of miscarriage or abortion. Not all insurance companies off those riders. According to Rep. Roberts of the 42 health insurers in Michigan only 8 offer the rider.

Sen. Hertel said the law is “downright insulting” and should have never been enacted in the first place.

The bills have been introduced in their respective chambers and will move on to committee.

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