INSURANCE & HEALTH CARE CONSCIENCE PROTECTION (NEW).

View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 730 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO MODIFY CERTAIN LAWS PERTAINING TO ABORTION HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AND TO LIMIT ABORTION COVERAGE UNDER HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS OFFERED UNDER A HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE OPERATING IN NORTH CAROLINA OR OFFERED BY A COUNTY OR MUNICIPALITY.
Intro. by Schaffer, Conrad, R. Brown, Martin.

Status: Ref To Com On Insurance (Senate Action) (May 20 2013)

SOG comments (2):

Long title change

The House committee substitute to the 1st edition changes the act's long title. The original long title was: A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO MODIFY CERTAIN LAWS PERTAINING TO ABORTION AND TO CONTRACEPTIVE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE.

Long title change

The House amendment to the 2nd edition amends the act's long title. The previous title was: A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO MODIFY CERTAIN LAWS PERTAINING TO ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTIVE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AND TO LIMIT ABORTION COVERAGE UNDER HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS OFFERED UNDER A HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE OPERATING IN NORTH CAROLINA OR OFFERED BY A COUNTY OR MUNICIPALITY.

Bill History:

H 730

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: May 16 2013 - More information

    House amendment #4 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition, as amended. Amends the effective date of the act to remove remaining provisions concerning Section 1(c) of the act, which was previously deleted from the act.


  • Summary date: May 15 2013 - More information

    House Amendment # 1 makes the following change to the 2nd edition:

    Changes the bill title to conform to changes in the bill by removing the words "and contraceptive."

    Deletes Section 1(c) of the bill which amended GS 58-3-178(e) concerning the definition of the term religious employee, and makes technical conforming change to the effective date.

    House Amendment # 2 makes the following change to the 2nd edition as amended:

    Makes clarifying addition to effective date to provide that the remainder of the act is effective when it becomes law.


  • Summary date: May 15 2013 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Adds Part II to the act, providing as follows.

    Enacts new GS 58-51-63 prohibiting qualified health plans offered through an exchange created under Subchapter III of Chapter 157 of title 42 of the US Code and operating in the state from including coverage for abortion services. This limitation does not apply to an abortion performed when the life of the mother is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or injury, including a life-endangering condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy or when the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.

    Amends GS 153A-92(d) and GS 160A-162(b) to prohibit counties and cities from providing abortion coverage when providing health insurance to county officers and county and city employees that is greater than that provided by the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees.

    Effective October 1, 2013, and applies to insurance contracts or policies issued, renewed, or amended on or after that date.

    Amends the effective date provision to provide that changes to GS 58-3-178(e) are effective when the act becomes law and applies to insurance contracts or policies issued, renewed, or amended on or after that date.

    Amends the act's short and long titles.


  • Summary date: Apr 11 2013 - More information

    Amends GS 14-45.1(e), making clarifying changes, establishing that NC physicians, nurses, or other health care providers will not be required to participate in abortions after stating a moral, ethical, or religious objection.  Such refusal, by NC physicians, nurses, or other health care providers, to perform or participate in these procedures cannot serve as a basis for damages for any disciplinary or any other recriminatory action. Provides that the term health care provider, for the purposes of this section, has the same meaning as defined under GS 90-410(1).

    Amends GS 14-45.1(f), providing that health care providers are not required by this section to perform an abortion or to provide abortion services (previously this exemption only included hospitals and health care institutions).

    Amends 58-3-178(e), providing a new definition for religious employer, which means


  • Summary date: Apr 11 2013 - More information

    Amends GS 14-45.1(e), making clarifying changes, establishing that NC physicians, nurses, or other health care providers will not be required to participate in abortions after stating a moral, ethical, or religious objection.  Such refusal, by NC physicians, nurses, or other health care providers to perform or participate in these procedures cannot serve as a basis for damages or for any disciplinary or any other recriminatory action. Provides that the term health care provider, for the purposes of this section, has the same meaning as defined under GS 90-410(1).

    Amends GS 14-45.1(f), providing that health care providers are also not required by this section to perform an abortion or to provide abortion services (previously this exemption only included hospitals and health care institutions).

    Amends 58-3-178(e), providing a new definition for religious employer, which now includes any employer, including, but not limited to, a corporation, LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship, whether on a for-profit or nonprofit basis, that has a religious, moral, or ethical objection to arranging for, paying for, facilitating, or providing health benefits plan coverage for contraceptive drugs or methods, including, but not limited to, any and all contraceptive drugs and methods approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Applies to plans that are in effect when this act becomes law and is applicable to the extent allowable by either the US or NC Constitution.

    This act is effective when it becomes law.

     


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