Mo. Exempts Insurers, Employers From Contraception Mandates

Law360, New York (September 13, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT) -- Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday thwarted Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill preventing insurers and employers with religious objections from being compelled to provide contraception coverage, prompting an immediate legal challenge from local residents and potentially setting up a showdown with the Obama administration.

The far-reaching legislation, approved as federal officials finalize a contraception mandate with some exceptions for religiously affiliated groups, exempts any entity or individual from requirements to provide or acquire coverage for birth control, abortion or sterilization if such action conflicts with "religious...
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