Any health benefit plan ... shall provide clear and conspicuous written notice ... : (1) Whether coverage for contraceptives is or is not included; (2) That an enrollee ... has the right to exclude coverage for contraceptives if such coverage is contrary to his or her moral, ethical or religious beliefs; (3) That an enrollee who is a member of a group health benefit plan without coverage for contraceptives has the right to purchase coverage for contraceptives....The court said:
Here, the federal law and regulations, with limited exceptions, provide that insurers must provide contraceptive coverage, without cost-sharing by an insured. The State law says that insurers cannot provide contraceptive coverage to any person or entity that objects to such coverage based on any moral, ethical, or religious objection. The Court is hard-pressed to see how this does not create a direct conflict for Missouri health insurers.The court had previously issued a temporary restraining order in the case. AP reports on last week's decision.