N.H. House Passes Bill Allowing Denial of Contraceptive Coverage

The question of whether employers with religious objections to contraception should be exempt from having to provide health insurance coverage for birth control pills and devices–which ignited a firestorm on Capitol Hill recently–is now occupying at least one state legislature’s time.

The Republican-dominated New Hampshire State House on Wednesday passed a bill that would exempt certain employers from such requirements.  The bill would change a state law, enacted in 1999, requiring insurance companies to cover contraception.

The state Senate is expected to take up the bill in April. The bill is part of a larger recodification of state laws pertaining to “religious societies.”

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