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Florida Senate committee passes bill that bans abortion coverage with state or federal funds

A bill to prohibit private health insurers from covering abortion passed the Florida Senate Health Regulations Committee 8 to 4 on Monday.

Senate Bill 1414, introduced by Republican Sen. Stephen R. Wise, says that if an individual or group health insurance policy is purchased in whole or in part with any state or federal funds, the insurance company is prohibited from covering abortion. The law includes “coverage” to mean if any tax credit or cost-sharing credit is applied toward the health insurance policy.

Exceptions are made if the abortion is deemed necessary (and certified in writing by a physician) to save the life of the mother or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

Health insurance policies can still provide separate coverage for an abortion, so long as no state or federal funds are directly or indirectly used.

A similar bill in the House is scheduled for a committee vote on Wednesday.

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