Federal Court Order Finds Sections of Missouri Statue Related to Contraceptives Pre-empted by Federal law

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April 08, 2013

In December 2012, Aetna sent notices to Missouri Aetna Advantage Plans for Individuals, Families and the Self-Employed policyholders about a Missouri law requiring insurers to give them the opportunity to opt-out of contraceptive coverage on the basis of a religious, moral or ethical objection.  Shortly after those messages were sent, a temporary federal court order was issued on December 21, 2012 prohibiting the Missouri Department of Insurance from enforcing the contraceptives coverage opt-out or opt-in provisions of Missouri law.

On March 14, 2013, the Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri found that certain sections of Missouri Statute 376.1199 related to contraceptives are pre-empted by federal law.

Policyholders of an individual or family Aetna Advantage Plan cannot drop contraceptive coverage.

Aetna will provide customers with a notice explaining this information in the near future.

We appreciate your understanding.