House Bill 818, which passed the full House in late April, was voted out of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today by a vote of 9 to 5. View the committee vote here. The bill now proceeds to the full Senate for a vote.
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House Bill 818 is the bill that would ensure taxpayers do not fund abortions through the federal health care exchange administered in PA. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) specifically permits states to prohibit insurance providers that participate in the marketplace from covering elective abortions. Therefore, to assure that elective abortion is not included in the federal marketplace to be implemented in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth must affirmatively opt out by passing a state law. House Bill 818 clearly prohibits the taxpayer supported insurance plans from covering elective abortions.