West Virginia Insurance Coverage for Abortion Ban (SB 496)
This law was last updated on Oct 27, 2014
SB 496 would have prohibited a qualified health plan offered through an exchange established by the state from including elective abortion coverage.
The bill defines “elective abortion” to be: (1) 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; (2) 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 (3) 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.
Companion bill to HB 4471.