2011 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 22 — Insurance
RS 22:1014 — Limitations on health insurance coverage of elective abortions in the state exchange prohibited
§1014. Limitations on health insurance coverage of elective abortions in the state exchange prohibited
A. The legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Federal funding for insurance plans that cover abortions is prohibited by the Hyde Amendment and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).
(2) Congress enacted and the president signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, P.L. 111-148.
(3) In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, P.L. 111-148, states are explicitly permitted to pass laws prohibiting qualified health plans offered through an exchange in their state from offering abortion coverage.
(4) It is the longstanding policy of this state that the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn child's right to life and is entitled to the right to life from conception under the laws and constitution of this state. Further, the legislature finds and declares that the longstanding policy of this state is to protect the right to life of the unborn child from conception by prohibiting abortion impermissible only because of the decisions of the United States Supreme Court and that, therefore, if those decisions of the United States Supreme Court are ever reversed or modified or the United States Constitution is amended to allow protection of the unborn then the former policy of this state to prohibit abortions shall be enforced.
B. No health care plan required to be established in this state through an exchange pursuant to federal health reform legislation enacted by the 111th Congress shall offer coverage for abortion services. As used in this Section, "abortion" shall have the same meaning as defined in R.S. 40:1299.35.1(1).
Acts 2010, No. 941, §1, eff. July 2, 2010.
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