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Senate panel to look at limiting abortion insurance coverage

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network

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LANSING, MI –

Some state Senate Republicans want to place new limits on health insurance coverage of abortion procedures. This week, a state Senate panel is expected to look at potential changes to abortion coverage in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports.

Republican state Senator Jim Marleau says the proposal will protect fetuses under all health care options in the state. But he says the measure won't stop women from getting abortion coverage if they want it.

"Now if you want abortion coverage, that is going to be a rider, and additional rider that's on the policy, paid for separately, a separate premium," he explains.

Marleau chairs the Senate Health Policy Committee. He says the proposal will prevent Michigan from being forced to participate in potential new national health care laws requiring abortion coverage.

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