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September 14, 2012

Department of Insurance issues bulletin on Senate Bill 749

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Insurance today issued a bulletin to every health insurance carrier operating in this state, every health insurance carrier insuring Missouri employees, and every self-insured plan covering Missouri employees regarding the department's initial steps to implement SB749. Director John M. Huff issued the following statement in conjunction with Bulletin 12-02:

"Now that the General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Nixon's veto of SB749, our department is responsible for beginning the implementation of this new law. Under the new law, every employee, self-employed person or any other person in Missouri has the right to decline or refuse coverage for contraception, abortion or sterilization on religious or moral grounds.

"Our department is beginning the process of communicating with all health insurance carriers operating in this state, all health insurance carriers insuring Missouri employees, and all self-insured plans covering Missouri employees. We will continue to communicate with the market throughout the implementation process."

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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