2:55 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Senate bill lets pharmacies refuse to stock drugs

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would ensure that pharmacies could refuse to stock certain prescription drugs, such as emergency contraception.

The legislation passed the Senate by a 24-9 vote Thursday and now heads to the House.

Sponsoring Sen. David Sater is a Republican pharmacist from southwest Missouri who describes the legislation a business freedom issue. Sater says some states have mandated that birth control or emergency contraception be stocked by pharmacies. But he says a pharmacy — like a clothing store — should be free to sell what it chooses.

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3:18 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mo. Catholic bishops want birth control appeal

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Missouri's Catholic bishops have joined the chorus urging the appeal of a federal court ruling striking down the state's contraception insurance exemption for people with religious or moral objections.

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4:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Mo. House speaker urges birth control appeal

A bill requiring voter ID at the polls caused heated debate at the Missouri House of Representatives Monday.
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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones wants the attorney general to appeal a judge's ruling striking down the state's contraception insurance exemption for people with moral objections.

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8:35 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Judge blocks MO birth control insurance law

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A federal judge has blocked a new Missouri law requiring insurers to offer policies excluding birth control coverage because it conflicts with a federal law mandating such coverage.

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6:12 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State fines Aetna over autism, abortion coverage violations

Aetna violated a 2001 state law when it provided coverage for contraceptives without allowing employers to opt out.
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The Missouri Department of Insurance has issued its largest penalty to date, to health insurance company, Aetna. 

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8:50 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Analysis: Mo. at center point of sexual politics

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The Legislature's veto override of a bill expanding religious exemptions from insurance coverage for birth control is the latest example of how Missouri has become a center point in a national debate about pregnancy.

Missouri's law is apparently the first to intentionally contradict an Obama administration policy requiring insurers to cover birth control for women at no additional cost. But the override was closer than expected in the House. One lawmaker acknowledged skipping the vote because he was disgruntled with Missouri Right to Life.

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12:04 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Nixon's anti-contraceptive coverage veto overridden

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Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of anti-contraceptive coverage bill has been overridden by both the Missouri House and Senate.

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3:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

State lawmakers override veto of birth control bill

The Missouri state Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill expanding religious exceptions for insurance coverage of birth control.

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1:57 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Newscast for July 13, 2012

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Farmers talk drought at MU field day
  • State House candidates face off in Columbia
  • Nixon vetoes controversial contraception bill
3:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon signs 12 bills into law, vetoes 10

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Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon was busy Thursday, making decisions on 22 bills the legislature put on his desk.

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Health & Wealth
11:50 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon vetoes controversial contraception bill

Governor Jay Nixon announced the veto at a press conference in Jefferson City.
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Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have exempted religious organizations from covering contraception under their health insurance plans, if that coverage would go against the organizations' beliefs. Nixon said in his remarks that existing law adequately protects religious liberties.

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7:41 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Messages to Mo. gov. top 10K on contraception bill

The Missouri state Capitol
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon now has received more than 10,000 messages urging him to sign or veto legislation related to health insurance coverage for contraception.

Nixon has scheduled a Thursday news conference to announce his action on legislation. That comes a couple days ahead of a Saturday deadline for him to sign, veto or allow bills to become law without his signature.

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5:35 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Rally against president's contraceptive mandate held at Mo. Capitol

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Around 200 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today against President Obama’s mandate that employers provide coverage for contraceptive services.

Churches are exempt from the mandate, but religious non-profit organizations, such as schools and hospitals, are not.  John Gaydos is bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City.

“Religious freedom is not merely about our ability to attend church on Sunday," Gaydos said.  "It is impossible to exercise that religious freedom and at the same time compromise the faith that inspires us to action.”

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Health & Wealth Update
10:31 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Contraception debate moves to the Missouri House

Republican State Senator John Lamping, of St. Louis County.
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Debate continues in the Missouri legislature over the Obama administration's "contraception mandate," which will require health insurance to include coverage for birth control. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a House committee hears testimony on a largely symbolic bill, opposing the mandate.

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8:08 am
Fri March 30, 2012

House passes medical conscience bill

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The Missouri House has reignited intense debate over women’s reproductive rights, passing legislation that would exempt doctors and other health care workers from performing medical procedures that violate their religious beliefs.

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