Texas Insurance Coverage for Abortion Ban (SB 20)
This law was last updated on Mar 27, 2017
SB 20 would amend the Insurance Code to prohibit a qualified health plan offered through a health benefit exchange, as administered by the federal government or created under the Affordable Care Act, from providing coverage for an abortion unless the abortion is performed due to a medical emergency.
The bill does not prevent a person from purchasing optional or supplemental coverage for abortion under a health benefit plan other than a qualified health plan offered through a health benefit exchange.
A health benefit plan may provide coverage for abortion only if:
- the coverage is provided to an enrollee separately from other health benefit plan coverage offered by the health benefit plan issuer;
- an enrollee pays separately from, and in addition to, the premium for other health benefit plan coverage a premium for coverage for abortion;
- an enrollee provides a signature for coverage for abortion, separately and distinct from the signature required for other health benefit plan coverage offered by the health benefit plan issuer; or
- the coverage provides benefits only for an abortion performed due to a medical emergency.
Companion bill to HB 1113.
Passed the senate on March 27, 2017, by a 21-10 vote.