>Legislation signed into law by Governor Joe Manchin exempts, from the prescription contraceptive drug requirement, policies sold to religious employers, according to Business Insurance. The law defines such employers as those whose “sincerely held religious beliefs or sincerely held moral convictions are central” to its operations.
>Also not covered under the bill are self-funded employers. They are protected by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) from state laws or regulations that relate to employee benefit plans.
>The legislation goes into effect in early July.