House approves revised contraception coverage bill

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The scaled-back bill goes to the Senate for a final vote.

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by Paul Davenport/Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona House has given final approval to a scaled-back bill to relax the state's requirement that employer health plans generally cover contraception.
 
The House's 36-21 vote Thursday sends the bill to the Senate for a final vote. Senate approval would send it to Gov. Brewer.
 
The bill was considered by the Republican-controlled Legislature amid national debate over issues involving contraception and religious freedom.
 
The bill originally would have allowed any employer with religious objections to birth control to generally opt out of the state's requirement that health plans cover contraception.
 
Supporters of the Arizona legislation had to water it down to only expand the current exemption for religious entities.
 
Opponents contend that the last-minute changes mean too many employers could qualify.
 

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