Oregon governor signs bill requiring health insurers to cover abortion

– August 16, 2017

Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation Tuesday requiring health insurers to cover birth control and abortion without charging patients a co-pay, The Washington Post reported.

According to ABC News, the bill — the Reproductive Health Equity Act, HB 3391 — also allocates almost $500,000 in state funds to provide abortion procedures to illegal immigrants who are excluded from Medicaid. ABC News noted the state already spends almost $2 million in taxpayer funds each year to pay for about 3,500 abortion procedures in the state.

The Post reported that the Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon — comprised of groups like NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon — helped write the law.

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