Talk of changing Senate medical coverage began earlier this year, according to Democrats, when Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, pointed out that the state House plan has not included abortion coverage since 1995.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said he reviewed the plan and ultimately decided to make a change for the sake of consistency.
"We took a look at what the rest of the legislature did and what we did, as far as the floor goes and the Blue Cross Blue Shield stuff, and we said everything should be the same," Richardville said today. "There should be parity. And it was a relatively easy decision if you just wanted to be fair with people across the board."
The change, which applies only to Michigan Senate medical plans, is effective May 1.