Illinois Bill Restricting Funding And Insurance Coverage for Abortion (HB 4189)
This law was last updated on Jan 12, 2019
HB 4189 would restrict insurance coverage for abortions and reinstate the Illinois state “trigger law” that would outlaw abortion in the state if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The bill is in response to the passage of HB 40, which was signed into law on September 28, 2017.
As reported by Rewire:
HB 40 includes provisions to strike down an existing Illinois “trigger law” that would outlaw abortion in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill expands insurance coverage of abortions in Medicaid and in state health plans. Right now, state Medicaid, the health-care plan for people with low incomes, covers abortions only in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.
State Employees Group Insurance Act
HB 4189 would amend the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 to prohibit the non-contributory portion of a program of health-benefits from including the expenses of obtaining an abortion, induced miscarriage, or induced premature birth, unless it is necessary to save the life of the pregnant individual.
Illinois Public Aid Code
The bill would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code to reinstate a provision excluding abortions or induced miscarriages or premature births from the list of services provided under the State’s medical assistance program.
The bill would reinstate language providing for the adoption of rules to prohibit a physician from providing medical assistance to anyone eligible for medical assistance benefits if the physician has been found guilty of willfully and wantonly performing an abortion procedure upon an individual who was not pregnant at the time of the procedure. Any such physician would be automatically removed from the list of physicians qualified to participate as a vendor of medical services under the medical assistance program.
The bill would remove a provision declaring reproductive healthcare would be covered under the medical assistance program for eligible participants.
The bill would require that a written statement, including the required opinion of a physician, to accompany any claim for reimbursement for abortions, or induced miscarriages or premature births. The statement would need to indicate what procedures were used in providing such medical services.
The bill would prohibit the granting of financial aid where the purpose of such aid is to obtain an abortion, induced miscarriage or induced premature birth, unless such procedures were necessary to save the life of the pregnant individual.
Problem Pregnancy Health Services and Care Act
The bill would permit the Department to make grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations which do not use such grants to refer or counsel for, or perform, abortions.
Illinois Abortion Law of 1975
The bill would reinstate the state “trigger law” that would outlaw abortion in the state if Roe v. Wade was overturned. The bill includes language declaring:
“that the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn child’s right to life and is entitled to the right to life from conception under the laws and Constitution of this State.”
If Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, the state of Illinois would return to its former policy of prohibiting abortions unless it is necessary for the preservation of the pregnant individual’s life.
Identical to SB 3631.
Related to HR 620.