West Virginia Insurance Coverage for Abortion Ban 2015 (SB 236)
This law was last updated on Feb 11, 2015
SB 236 would prohibit a qualified health plan offered through an exchange established by the state from including elective abortion coverage.
The bill defines “elective abortion” to be:
- an abortion for any other reason other than to prevent the death of the mother, provided that an abortion is not one to prevent the death of the mother based on a claim that or diagnosis that she will engage in conduct that will result in her death;
- an abortion when the pregnancy is the result of criminal sexual misconduct and the incident is reported within forty-eight hours after the incident occurs to a valid law-enforcement agency for investigation; or
- the pregnancy is the result of incest in which the mother is a minor, and the incident and perpetrator are reported to a valid law-enforcement agency prior to the abortion.
The bill would have authorized individuals to purchase supplemental coverage for elective abortions, but would have required a separate premium to be paid for it.