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Defense Bill Includes Shaheen Provision For Women

1:11 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The defense bill signed by President Barack Obama includes an amendment sponsored by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen that expands health insurance coverage for military women and their dependents who decide to have abortions in cases of rape and incest.

Previously, health coverage applied only to abortions in cases where the life of the mother was endangered.

The Shaheen amendment puts the Department of Defense rules in line with other federal policies and helps ensure that women in uniform receive coverage for the same health care services as most women who receive health care through the federal government.

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