Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed the historic health bill into law that requires all state insurers to provide free abortions to all ,including illegal immigrants.
The $10.2 million Reproductive Health Equity Act includes $500,000 for abortions for the estimated 22,873 women who would be eligible for the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program, “except for their immigration status.”
According to the law, Oregon insurers must provide 100 percent coverage for abortions without co-pays or deductibles, reports the Washington Times.
Under the first-of-its-kind law, most of which goes into effect immediately, Oregon insurers must provide 100 percent coverage for abortions without co-pays or deductibles. Those covered by Providence Health Care, a nonprofit Catholic health care provider, and the only Oregon insurance company that does not cover abortions, will have expenses reimbursed by the state.
Brown hailed the law as the most progressive abortion legislation in history, the AP reports. It requires that all taxpayers, save a small minority eligible for religious exemptions, fund free abortions for anyone, for any reason, at any time. The law also provides for STI tests, cancer screenings, vasectomies and other reproductive health services.
Brown celebrated the legislation, which was introduced in response to the anticipated repeal and replacement of Obamacare, as the first to specifically combat systemic barriers to accessing reproductive care.
Two other states, California and New York, also require state insurers to cover abortion.