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Maine Contraception Insurance Refusal Clause (§2756)

This law was last updated on Dec 5, 2016


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Maine

Number

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 24-A, §§ 2756

Status

Current

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Insurance Coverage

Full Bill Text

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Maine Revised Statutes Title 24-A, Section 2756 allows a religious employer to require that an insurer exclude coverage for contraception if the required coverage conflicts with the religious employer’s bona fide religious beliefs and practices.

A religious employer that obtains an exclusion under this clause must provide prospective insureds and those individuals insured under its policy written notice of the exclusion.

The law defines religious employer to mean “an employer that is a church, convention or association of churches or an elementary or secondary school that is controlled, operated or principally supported by a church or by a convention or association of churches.”

The clause, enacted in 1999, does not apply to coverage for contraceptives prescribed for reasons other than contraceptive purposes, or for prescription contraception necessary to preserve the life or health of the insured.

Related Legislation

Similar to Maine Revised Statutes Title 24, Section 2332-J; Maine Revised Statutes Title 24-A, Section 2847-G; and Maine Revised Statutes Title 24-A, Section 4247.