Republicans propose ban on abortion coverage by state insurance exchanges

The federal Office of Personnel Management is charged with ensuring that insurers in each state offer a few insurance plans for each state exchange, which will offer various qualified insurance plans.

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Under Akin's bill, the government would have to ensure that "no multi-State qualified health plan offered in an Exchange provides coverage of abortion." Similar to federal funding limitations, the bill allows exemptions to this policy only for rape or incest, or if the life of the mother would be in danger without the procedure.

The bill, H.R. 4971, also includes language that prevents states from pre-empting the law.

Among the bill's sponsors are Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas). Paul is a contender in the GOP presidential primary, which Bachmann dropped out of in January.

Akin plans to meet with pro-life leaders on Tuesday in St. Louis to promote the bill.


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