Kentucky Legislator Proposes Redundant Bill To Ban Abortion Coverage Under Federal Health Reform

Kentucky state Rep. Stan Lee (R) has proposed a bill to prevent abortion coverage from being included in plans offered through the state’s health insurance exchange under Obamacare, even though state officials have already assured Republicans that “elective abortions” will not be covered. After concerns from GOP lawmakers, the Kentucky Department of Insurance posted a notice on its website earlier this year that including the coverage “would be a violation of state law and has never been considered.” But Lee said he wants the ban on abortion coverage “just to make sure,” and is convinced his bill will fly through the legislature when lawmakers reconvene in January.