In time of Trump, Washington lawmakers want to pass bill mandating abortion coverage

By Ashli Blow

SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington state could soon require health insurers that cover maternity care to also cover abortions.

While most insurers already provide that coverage, some Washington leaders and activists wants to mandate it — especially in the time of President Donald Trump’s administration.

“Washington has long led the way on this issue, and passing the Reproductive Parity Act (RPA) will be yet another example of that,” said state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens), who introduced the bill this legislative session in Olympia. “It should pass, and we should move quickly on it because these days it’s really anybody’s guess as to what the Trump administration will or won’t do next.”

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