Today, the Kansas House Insurance committee heard testimony on a bill, HB 2564, to remove abortion from standard inclusion in all health care policies, except when necessary to preserve the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest involving a minor and reported to a law enforcement agency.
Abortion coverage would still be available for purchase through optional riders. Blue Cross in Kansas City already covers abortion through riders. Since 1978, seven other states (ID, KY, MO, OK,ND, RI, WI) have excluded abortion from standard health care policies.
Abortion destroys unborn children and harms women and the public does not believe that abortion should be paid for in health insurance.
In 2007, Kansas joined 9 other states in freeing their tax payers from paying for abortion in State employee insurance plans. However, too many private businesses in Kansas remained frustrated that they were unable to offer abortion-free policies to their staff.
Kansans for Life welcomes this legislation, affording all citizens—not just state employees– freedom from being forced to pay for other people’s elective abortions in their employee-provided, or self-insured, health care plans.