Federal judge blocks Missouri birth control law Alison Sacriponte at 11:58 AM ET
[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday struck down a Missouri health insurance law [SB 749 materials] that required insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if individuals or employers objected for religious or moral reasons. Judge Audrey Fleissig for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official website] ruled that the law conflicts [AP report] with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] and that federal law takes precedence over conflicting state laws. The PPACA required insurers to cover birth control at no additional cost to women. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon [official website] vetoed the bill [JURIST report] in July, but Missouri's legislature overrode the veto in September. SB 749 was intended to rebuff a policy by the Obama administration that requires insurers to cover birth control for women. Fleissig's ruling makes the temporary restraining order she issued in December permanent.
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