Georgia Law Banning Insurance Coverage of Abortion Takes Effect

A new Georgia law that bans insurance coverage of abortion for both state employees and anyone buying coverage via the state exchange that was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect last week.

SB 98, known as the “Federal Abortion Mandate Opt-Out Act,” was passed along mostly partisan lines. On final passage, only two state senate Democrats voted in favor of the bill and not a single Republican voted against it.

The law, signed by Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in April, includes no exceptions for rape or incest and only a narrow health exception that covers “medical emergencies.”

State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) told the CBS affiliate in Atlanta that the law will restrict access to abortion care. “It’s blocking woman from making their private medical decisions including contraception. It’s creating a barrier to women having access to birth control. This law is designed to control women and limit their choices,” Orrock said.

Georgia is the 25th state to ban abortion coverage on the ACA exchanges.

Deal also refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA, and signed a bill that requires approval of the legislature to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid. A recent White House report found that expansion of Medicaid would extend health insurance access to 478,000 people in Georgia.

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  • BelligerentBruncher

    If you work for the state or use a state exchange, you now know it’s not covered. If you feel that is going to be a problem, I suggest you set aside a little bit of money each month if you ever need an abortion.

    Or just write RH Reality Check a letter and ask them to help you pay for it. I’m sure they’d be willing to chip in a few bucks.

    While we’re asking for things….can I get a few bucks for condoms? My insurance company is discriminating against men and decided to stop covering them a few decades ago. I don’t mean to be a burden on anybody, but how can I be expected to pay for my own sex life yall?

    • kitler

      Yeah. And rape victims need to plan ahead for that rape.

      FYI, abortion is a medical procedure. Condoms are cheap and over the counter. There is no comparison.

    • fiona64

      Yep, that’s right, 5×5. Women should just plan ahead to be raped.

      You’re a sick POS.

    • Dez

      Yeah cuz bleeding heavily for a week a month while throwing up, dizzy spells, and mind numbing pain so bad I have to stay home from work is just like condoms for you. LOL. Silly boy.

    • fiona64

      I happened to remember a product that will help you with your inability to find condoms that fit, and they come very reasonably priced in a large box. You can get a box of 1,440 of them for $21 at this site:

      • BelligerentBruncher

        These are MUCH too big for me. Plus, I’m allergic to latex. I need boutique condoms mad from saffron infused rhino intestine.

        • P. McCoy

          Did not know that condoms you need eye dropper size just can’t be found- ” head out of my *ss what a fine Christian. YOU are!

  • Kris Weibel

    Forcing a woman to have a child that is the result of rape or incest….is this legal? Women do actual exist, but by the arrogance of this law, you would not know it.

  • J.D.

    “only a narrow health exception that covers “medical emergencies.”
    Because a pregnancy that’s gone wrong absolutely has to be allowed to reach critical mass before they’ll allow someone to actually deal with it. And if that wait permanently (and needlessly) damages a woman’s health and wellbeing, if matters have progressed to the point of no return…oh well!
    And they say there’s no war on women. With this law, we’ll see the wounded and the casualties.

  • fiona64

    These constant “rape insurance” requirements, when no such riders are available, make me sick. It’s just one more barrier to access.