Payers, employers providing abortion coverage potentially liable under new Texas law


The rollout of Texas' Senate Bill 8, dubbed the Heartbeat Act, which bans abortions six weeks after conception, may jeopardize health plans that provide abortion coverage. 

Just as rideshare drivers, doctors and other people who may aid abortions could be sued, some are concerned that employer-sponsored coverage also could fall into the same category, according to The Dallas Morning News

"It makes me concerned that an employer, if they were self-funding or partially funding an insurance policy that did allow for abortion coverage, and then a woman covered by that policy did get an abortion, whether they knew or not, they could potentially be liable," lawyer Mary Goodrich Nix told The Dallas Morning News. 

Self-funded coverage means businesses could directly be at fault for employees who have their abortions covered. However, even the state's largest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, is considering its options. 
"We are currently assessing the new law to determine the most appropriate guidance for our customers and members," the insurer told The Dallas Morning News.

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