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Minnesota Contraceptive Health Equity and Employee Rights Act (SF 1278)

This law was last updated on May 12, 2015

This law is Pro–Choice




SF 1278


Failed to Pass


Mar 2, 2015


Co-sponsors: 4
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 5


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Insurance Coverage

Full Bill Text

SF 1278 would require health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods and sterilization procedures, and related medical services, patient education and counseling, while not imposing any cost-sharing requirements.

The bill includes an exemption that would allow religious institutions to decline offering the coverage for their employees based on their beliefs. Religious employers that choose to deny coverage would be required to provide written disclosure to all employees and job applicants.

A written disclosure would need to contain the following information:

  • Detailed information about the benefit being withheld;
  • The cost, if any, that the employee/applicant may incur as a result; and
  • Detailed information about the availability of contraceptive coverage through the health plan offered by the employer.


Companion to HF 1165.