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2 Washington State Heath Care Insurers Adding Abortion to Plans

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OLYMPIA, Wash - Two insurance companies who filed to compete in Washington state's health care exchange are changing their coverage.

Initially, neither company's proposed plans did not provide abortion coverage.
    
Stephanie Marquis with the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner said Wednesday that the plans were filed by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of The Northwest and BridgeSpan Health Company.

Those filings set off frustration among advocates who have been pressing for a new state law to secure abortion coverage for all Washington health plans.
    
A spokesman for Kaiser said it mistakenly omitted abortion coverage in its filings and is moving to correct the error. A spokeswoman for BridgeSpan said the company has been making changes to its plans and intends to include coverage for abortion services.

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