Texas Insurance Coverage for Abortion Ban (SB 8)
This law was last updated on Oct 19, 2020
SB 8 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 elective abortion only if:
- the coverage is provided to an enrollee separately from other health benefit plan coverage offered by the health benefit plan issuer;
- the enrollee pays the premium for coverage for elective abortion separately from, and in addition to, the premium for other health benefit plan coverage, if any; and
- the enrollee provides a signature for coverage for elective abortion, separately and distinct, from the signature required for any other health benefit coverage.
The bill goes on to describe the process for calculating the premium for such coverage.
The health plan issuer would be required to provide notice at the time of enrollment that such coverage is optional and only offered separately.
Companion bill to HB 214.
Passed the senate on July 26, 2017, by a 20-10 vote.
Struck down by Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 13, 2020.