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Sept. 14, 2012MO |  By: MDN

Mo Health Care

Employers and insurance providers in Missouri now have the right to deny health care coverage of contraception and abortions if they have a religious objection.

Both chambers voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of legislation introduced as a response to a federal mandate requiring employers to cover contraceptive and abortion services for employees. But Democratic Senator Jolie Justus said that the new law might cause insurance companies to sue the state out of confusion over which law prevails.

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Dallas County Republican Representative Sandy Crawford supported the override and said the law would protect life and help small businesses.