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Mo. House Committee hears birth control bill.

Date: May 1, 2012
By: Paige Hornor
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 749

Intro: 
Insurance companies testified against a bill that would seek to remove the requirement of employers to provide medical coverage for birth control.
RunTime:  0:42
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: This bill goes against the federal Affordable Care Act, which provides birth control free of charge from an employer or insurance company. 

Lobbyist for Missouri Insurance Coalition Shannon Cooper says the passing of a state ban on the federal law would place an administrative burden on insurance companies.

Actuality:  COOPER.WAV
Run Time:  00:08
Description: "We want to respect the rights of individuals but you put us in a position where we either violate state law or federal law. We feel like we are in a no win situation."

The bill's sponsor is St. Louis County Republican Senator John Lamping. He says the bill would give more religious freedom to employers.

The constiutionality of the Affordable Care Act is currently before the Supreme Court.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Paige Hornor.

 

Intro: 
Missouri's House Health Insurance Committee heard a bill that seeks to block the federal health care mandate Tuesday.
RunTime:  0:40
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The bill would attempt to remove the requirement of employers to provide medical coverage for birth control.

Missouri Right to Life Executive Director Patty Skain says the federal mandate violates people's religious rights.

Actuality:  CANE.WAV
Run Time:  00:09
Description: "I think that the people of Missouri and through their elected officials need to send that message to Washington that we are opposed to this and that's what this bill does."

The state bill goes against the Affordable Care Act, which requires an employer to provide birth control coverage free of charge.

Several insurance companies testified against the bill saying it would put them in a difficult legal and administrative situation.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Paige Hornor.

Intro: 
The House Health Insurance Committee heard a bill Tuesday that would attempt to remove the requirement of employers to provide medical coverage for birth control.
RunTime:  0:37
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The state bill is in response to the federal Affordable Care Act, which requires employers or insurance companies to provide birth control coverage free of charge.

Cheryl Dillard from Coventry Health Care says the state bill greatly disadvantages insurance companies, by going against federal law.

Actuality:  CDILLARD.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "I feel fairly confident that those carriers that are not complying with the federal law would probably not be very welcome in the exchange."
 
Supporters of the bill say it provides religious freedom for employers.

The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Paige Hornor.


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