Bill

HB 3130

84(R) - 2015
House State Affairs
House State Affairs
Abortion
Healthcare
Insurance

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
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Author(s)

Marsha Farney

Co-Author(s)

Rodney Anderson
Trent Ashby
Jimmie Don Aycock
Dennis Bonnen
Greg Bonnen
DeWayne Burns
Giovanni Capriglione
Byron Cook
John Cyrier
Wayne Faircloth
Dan Flynn
Rick Galindo
Charlie Geren
Jason Isaac
Kyle Kacal
Phil King
John Kuempel
Brooks Landgraf
Jodie Laubenberg
Will Metcalf
Rick Miller
Andrew Murr
John Otto
Tan Parker
Dennis Paul
Gilbert Pena
Larry Phillips
Scott Sanford
Ron Simmons
Stuart Spitzer
Drew Springer
Jason Villalba
James White
Molly White
Paul Workman

Bill Caption

Relating to coverage provided by certain health plans and health benefit plans for abortions.

Fiscal Notes

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.

Bill Analysis

The fiscal note above provides a sufficient explanation of what this bill does. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

We refrain from commenting on legislation with social issues at play. We stand neutral on HB 3130. 

Organizations Supporting

Texas Alliance for Life
Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

Organizations Opposed

League of Women Voters of Texas
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Texas Right to Life
Texas Right To Life