GOP Sen. Becker plans April 1 hearing on divisive abortion-coverage mandate bill for healthcare policies
Republican state Sen. Randi Becker of Eatonville says she’s scheduled a hearing for up to two hours duration to fully air the viewpoints over a proposal to formally require health insurers to include abortion coverage if they offer maternity benefits. Religious conservatives including the Family Policy Institute of Washington have rallied against the measure, claiming it infringes on employers that have deeply held religious beliefs.
But abortion-rights supporters say Washington voters are on record in support of the rights and that health-plan purchasers should not be denied the right to coverage if an employer dislikes it. Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler says …