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Lawmakers Renew Push on Abortion Insurance Bill

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democratic state lawmakers are renewing a push to require insurers who cover maternity care, which Washington insurers must provide, to also pay for abortions.

They are supporting the Reproductive Parity Act, which ensures that existing abortion coverage be preserved once new health insurance rules come into effect in 2014 under national health care reform.

On Thursday the bill will receive a public hearing in the Health Care and Wellness Committee of the Democratic-controlled House, which passed a similar measure a year ago.

The bill will most likely make it to the Senate which is controlled by 23 Republicans and two Democrats calling itself the Majority Coalition Caucus.

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