Bills ignite debate on health insurance abortion requirement
WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Two bills introduced early in this legislative session would require any health-insurance plan in Washington state that covers maternal care to also cover abortions.
HB 1044 and SB 5009, collectively known as the Reproductive Parity Act, would reinforce existing state law that requires insurance companies to cover abortion except in cases in which the insurance provider is explicitly religious.
Rep. Eileen Cody (D-34th District, Seattle), one of the House bill’s primary sponsors, claims the legislation would help women maintain their current coverage once state h...