A package of bills in the state Legislature would prevent health insurers from paying for elective abortions unless their customers bought additional coverage ahead of time.
Republican state Senator Mark Jansen is sponsoring the legislation.
“If I’m an employee, and this is the big issue nationally, why should I be paying for something that seems to be something that many of us morally disagree with?” he asks.
The measure was included in legislation last year that sought to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder vetoed that bill because he thought the abortion language went too far. He said it’s not the state’s job to decide what kinds of plans insurance companies can offer.
“We’ll see, kind of, what were the issues with the governor. But we’ll work our way through that as we pass it through the Senate,” Jansen says.
The Blue Cross legislation has also been reintroduced without the abortion language. It passed unanimously in the state Senate last week.