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Lawmaker Files Bill to Exclude Abortion Coverage

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill to exclude abortion coverage from policies obtained through health insurance exchanges.

States are required to set up the exchanges to provide coverage
under the federal health care overhaul beginning in 2014.

Last year, the Republican-dominated Legislature passed a similar
ban on abortion coverage as part of a bill requiring women to have
ultrasounds before getting abortions. Then-Gov. Charlie Crist
vetoed it.

Health News Florida reports that led Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort
Walton Beach, to file the bill (HB 97).

Stephanie Kunkel, executive director of the Florida Association
of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, says the bill is unnecessary
because the health overhaul already restricts funding for abortion
coverage through the exchanges.


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