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2012 Senate Bill 975: Recognize health care payer and provider exercise of conscience
Introduced by Sen. John Moolenaar (R) on February 16, 2012 To prohibit forcing an individual or employer who purchase health insurance or pays for health care in some other way, or a health care provider or facility, to pay for or provide any service that that violates the payer’s or provider’s conscience. Specifically, it would establish that no civil, criminal, or administrative liability could be imposed for this exercise of conscience; and would prohibit eligibility discrimination in government grants, contracts, or programs because of this exercise of conscience. The bill was introduced in response to an Obama administration ruling that Catholic and other religious institutions and social service agencies must include coverage for contraception, sterilization and “morning after” pills in any health care benefits they provide to employees.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on February 16, 2012
Reported in the Senate on December 4, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 6, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 6, 2012
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 6, 2012 (same description)
To prohibit forcing an individual or employer who purchase health insurance or pays for health care in some other way, or a health care provider or facility, to pay for or provide any service that that violates the payer’s or provider’s conscience. Specifically, it would establish that no civil, criminal, or administrative liability could be imposed for this exercise of conscience; and would prohibit eligibility discrimination in government grants, contracts, or programs because of this exercise of conscience. The bill was introduced in response to an Obama administration ruling that Catholic and other religious institutions and social service agencies must include coverage for contraception, sterilization and “morning after” pills in any health care benefits they provide to employees.
Received in the House on December 6, 2012
Referred to the House Insurance Committee on December 6, 2012
Reported in the House on December 12, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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