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     Idaho Statutes

Idaho Statutes are updated to the website July 1 following the legislative session.


41-1848.  legislative findings and purpose — coverage for abortions in state exchange prohibited. (1) The legislature finds that:
(a)  Pursuant to section 1303 of the patient protection and affordable care act, P.L. 111-148, states are explicitly permitted to pass laws prohibiting qualified health plans offered through an exchange in their state from offering abortion coverage;
(b)  It is the longstanding policy of this state to prefer live childbirth over abortion and to prohibit the use of taxpayer moneys to fund abortions unless the mother’s life is at risk or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest;
(c)  Idaho law prohibits certain insurance plans, policies and contracts issued in this state from offering coverage for elective abortions; and
(d)  It is the purpose of this section to affirmatively prohibit qualified health plans that cover abortions from participating in exchanges within this state.
(2)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no abortion coverage may be provided by a qualified health plan offered through an exchange created pursuant to the patient protection and affordable care act, P.L. 111-148, within the state of Idaho.
(3)  The provisions of subsection (2) of this section shall not apply to an abortion performed if it is the recommendation of one (1) consulting physician that an abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother, or if the pregnancy is a result of rape, as defined in section 18-6101, Idaho Code, or incest as determined by the courts.

[41-1848, added 2011, ch. 152, sec. 1, p. 436.]

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