Maine State House Passes Legislation: https://bangordailynews.com/2019/05/07/politics/maine-house-votes-to-end-ban-on-use-of-state-money-for-abortion-services/
LD 820 - An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine
Summary of Bill
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.
The bill fails to address the issue of religious individual taxpayers being forced to pay for abortions.
We are asking Governor Janet Mills to veto this bill,due to obvious infringement of the people's religious rights.