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Relating to coverage provided by certain health plans and health benefit plans for abortions.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend Title 8 of the Texas Insurance Code to
prohibit a qualified health plan offered through a health benefit exchange
under the Affordable Care Act from providing coverage for an
abortion except under certain circumstances. The bill would not prevent an
individual from purchasing optional or supplemental coverage for an abortion
under a health benefit plan other than a qualified health plan offered through
a health benefit exchange. The bill would apply to qualified health plans
offered through a health benefit exchange on or after January 1, 2016. The bill
would apply to health benefit plans offered by the state of Texas on or after
September 1, 2015.
The Teacher Retirement System and the Employees Retirement System have indicated that the bill would have no impact fiscal impact on the agencies or their healthcare plans. Texas A&M University System Administration and the UT System Administration have indicated that there would be no fiscal impact resulting from the bill. The Department of Insurances estimates that the bill would require no additional workload or resources from the agency.
The bill would go into effect on September 1, 2015.
The fiscal note above provides a sufficient explanation of what this bill does.
We refrain from commenting on legislation with social issues at play. We stand neutral on HB 3130.