By Dave Andrusko
A bill, SB 98, which prevents abortion coverage under the state employee health insurance plan or through insurance exchanges offered through ObamaCare, except when the life of the mother is at stake, is on its way to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
The vote yesterday bythe House (105-64) and then the Senate (36-18)makes permanent Gov. Nathan Deal’s directive of last year which he issued after lawmakers failed to pass a similar bill in the closing hours of the 2013 session.
When Gov. Deal signs SB 98, Georgia will become the 22nd state to take advantage of one of the few saving graces in ObamaCare. The “opt-out” provision empowers states, if they choose, to bar coverage of abortion in the federal health exchanges established under ObamaCare. (Coverage for abortions would be available through separate supplemental policies.)
“This bill reflects the longstanding policy at work in the Hyde Amendment and in state law– that federal and state dollars are not used to fund health plans that cover abortion,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, director of NRLC’s Department of State Legislation. “Abortion is not health care and shouldn’t be treated as such.”