An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §3174-BBB is enacted to read:
§ 3174-BBB. Coverage for abortion services
Sec. 2. 24 MRSA §2317-B, sub-§20, as amended by PL 2013, c. 575, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 24 MRSA §2317-B, sub-§21, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 575, §4 and affected by §10, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 24 MRSA §2317-B, sub-§22 is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 24-A MRSA §4320-L is enacted to read:
§ 4320-L. Coverage for abortion services
Sec. 6. Application. That section of this Act that enacts the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 4320-L applies to all policies, contracts and certificates executed, delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020. For purposes of this Act, all contracts are deemed to be renewed no later than the next yearly anniversary of the contract date.
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.
The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.