March 18, 2013 — The Minnesota House on Friday approved a bill (HF 5) for establishing its health insurance exchange that does not include a provision barring health plans from offering abortion coverage, Kaiser Health News' "Capsules" reports (Stawicki, "Capsules," Kaiser Health News, 3/15).
The bill outlines how the state will create an online marketplace to help residents purchase private health plans (Stawicki, MPR News, 3/14). The original House version would have prohibited the plans from providing abortion coverage, except in cases of rape, incest or to save a woman's life ("Capsules," Kaiser Health News, 3/15).
On Wednesday, a House-Senate conference committee dropped the abortion coverage provision from the bill (MPR News, 3/14). Antiabortion-rights House lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to revive the provision as an amendment.
The bill now heads to the Senate ("Capsules," Kaiser Health News, 3/15).
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