Washington state legislature votes to require insurers to cover abortion: report

Washington state legislature votes to require insurers to cover abortion: report
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The Washington state Legislature on Saturday voted in favor of a measure requiring the state’s insurers to cover abortions and birth control.

The Senate voted to pass the measure by a 27-22 vote, according to The Associated Press, after concurring on changes made in the House. The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill in January.

The bill requires any insurers that offer maternity care to include elective abortions in that coverage. It also requires any plans renewed or issued after Jan. 1, 2019, to provide deductible-free coverage for contraceptives, as well as procedures like voluntary sterilization.

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The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee (D) for his signature.

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D), told The Seattle Times in January that the coverage “should be part of basic women’s primary health.”

“No woman should have to seek or pay for an additional rider or co-pay or have any other means of delay or financial burden for this coverage,” he said.