Michigan Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Bill (SB 139)
This law was last updated on Jan 22, 2014
SB 139 would have prohibited health-care providers from being reimbursed for elective abortions under general insurance policies unless reimbursement sought or accepted is from a special optional rider policy from the patient.
The bill would not have prevented health-care providers from discussing abortion or abortion services with a patient.
SB 139 was the companion bill to HB 4597, and was tie-barred with SB 137 and SB 138. (“Tie bar” is a device to condition the effectiveness of legislation on the enactment or passage of other specified legislation. In other words, if one bill fails, they all fail.)
The bill died in committee, but the same provisions were ultimately included in a citizen-initiated petition by Right to Life of Michigan, which the Michigan legislature passed on December 11, 2013. (See Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act, Public Act 182 of 2013.)