Essential health benefits; abortion coverage. (HB1225)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), and Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Essential health benefits; abortion coverage. Removes the prohibition on the provision of coverage for abortions in any qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through a health benefits exchange established or operating in Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2016Presented and ordered printed 16103975D
01/19/2016Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #2
01/21/2016Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/21/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB1225)
01/28/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Commerce and Labor

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB183.


Chantal Robinson writes:

I support this bill, a woman's reproductive choices should be made without political or religious interference. If insurance policies offer this coverage a woman should be free to accept and use it. Every child should be a wanted child, every child should be a loved child. If the state truly wants to help children, they should stop trying to force every woman who gets pregnant to have the child... Not every woman is cut out to be a mother or stable enough to be a mother. Not every woman wants to be a mother. Not every woman SHOULD be a mother. A woman forced to have a child for any reason, be it financial, coercion, lack of access ect. will rarely love and desire the child. I wish people would consider the quality of life many of these children will have when they try to force their views on others. I can say from personal experience that being an unwanted child is a horrible thing, leaving one open to abuse, neglect, hatred, resentment... very few children who live such lives grow up to fulfill their potential, and many simply become a danger to society. Please, care enough to want every child to have a good life, not just enough to live... no political or moral smokescreen is worth the suffering these children will endure.