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Group Seeks Records on Wis. Decision To Not Enforce State Contraception Coverage Law

December 19, 2014 — The Freedom From Religion Foundation on Wednesday filed a lawsuit requesting records related to a decision by Wisconsin officials to not enforce the state's contraceptive coverage law for certain employers, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports (AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/17).

Background

The state law, passed in 2009, requires health plans to cover prescription birth control (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/24/11).

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that certain closely held corporations can refuse to cover contraception in their employer-sponsored health plans if their owners have religious objections (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/30).

After the ruling, the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance announced it would no longer enforce the state's contraceptive coverage law for employers with religious objections. State officials made the decision even though the high court's ruling was based on a federal law and does not affect state laws on contraceptive coverage (Women's Health Policy Report, 8/8).

Details of Lawsuit

The latest suit requests that a judge force the state to release records related the decision to not enforce parts of the law.

According to the lawsuit, FFRF has submitted two open records requests with the state OCI asking for the release of records. The suit alleges that the state has not released all the relevant records (AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/17).