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Insurance Prohibition for Abortion

Does Virginia prohibit private insurance plans from covering abortion services? Yes, in the state exchange.  Health-insurance policies offered in the new state exchange established under health-care reform may not include abortion coverage, with exceptions only to save a woman's life, or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.  Plans in the exchange may not offer optional riders for abortion coverage.  H.B. 1900, 2013 Gen. Assemb., Reg. Sess. (Va. 2013).

Does Virginia prohibit plans in its state exchange from covering abortion services?
Yes.  Health-insurance policies offered in the new state exchange established under health-care reform may not include abortion coverage, with exceptions only to save a woman's life, or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.  Plans in the exchange may not offer optional riders for abortion coverage.  H.B. 1900, 2013 Gen. Assemb., Reg. Sess. (Va. 2013).

Does Virginia prohibit insurance plans for public employees from covering abortion services?
Yes.  Benefits provided to state employees through the Commonwealth of Virginia Health Benefits Plan may not include abortion coverage, with exceptions only: (1) to save a woman's life; (2) if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to a law-enforcement or public-health agency; or (3) if a physician certifies that the fetus is believed to have an incapacitating physical deformity or mental deficiency. Va. Dep't of Human Resource Mgmt., Mem. No. 96-9 (May 31, 1996); Va. Dep't of Human Resource Mgmt., COVA Care Member Handbook, (July 1, 2007) at http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hbenefits/hbhandbooks/COVAMemberHandBk2011.pdf.

Does Virginia prohibit the purchase of extra coverage for abortion services?
Yes.  Health-insurance policies offered in the new state exchange established under health-care reform may not include abortion coverage, with exceptions only to save a woman's life, or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.  Plans in the exchange may not offer optional riders for abortion coverage.  H.B. 1900, 2013 Gen. Assemb., Reg. Sess. (Va. 2013).


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