Senate panel to take up bills limiting abortion insurance coverage in Michigan

LANSING–Senate Health Policy Committee Chair Sen. Jim Marleau announced Monday that the committee will take up legislation this week to ensure that health insurance policies sold in Michigan do not include abortion coverage.  

“These measurers will ensure unborn life will be protected under all health insurance options that are offered to Michigan residents,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion.

Under Senate Bills 612-614, sponsored by Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township, insurance policies sold on the new MiHealth Marketplace website or in Michigan’s current insurance markets would not be allowed to cover abortions. Abortion coverage would only be available by purchasing an additional rider on the policy paid for with a separate premium.

The Senate Health Policy Committee hearing on the measures is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Hearing Room, located in the Boji Tower across from the Capitol.

“The Senate has worked diligently to ensure that health care in Michigan is protected from federal control. If these proactive measures are not taken, the federal government will be making our health care decisions for us,” Marleau said. “This legislation, along with the bill to create the MiHealth Marketplace, would affirm that abortion would not be automatically covered under any Michigan health plan.”

The Senate recently approved SB 693 to establish the MiHealth Marketplace, a website that would foster competition for health insurance in the state. The Marketplace would be a nonprofit entity, funded by a fee on providers choosing to sell on the site. The voluntary, easy-to-use interface for residents to choose health insurance is an effort to encourage competition and prevent the federal government from imposing a one-size-fits-all program on the state.