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Wis. Will No Longer Enforce State Contraceptive Coverage Requirements for Companies With Religious Objections

Wis. Will No Longer Enforce State Contraceptive Coverage Requirements for Companies With Religious Objections

July 23, 2014 — In light of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Wisconsin officials will no longer enforce a state law that requires insurers to cover prescribed contraceptives for companies that have religious objections to such medications, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/21).

In the Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees if the corporations' owners have religious objections to contraception (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/30).

J.P. Wieske, a spokesperson for the state's Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, said that considering the Supreme Court decision, state officials had no choice but to stop enforcing the law. He added, "It's as you would expect. We are federally pre-empted. We don't have any decision-making."

However, Wieske said the state will continue to enforce the law in instances that do not involve companies with religious objections to contraceptives (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7/21).