Wyoming Catholic College opposes mandate

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Casper, WY (AP) - Wyoming Catholic College is temporarily exempt from providing contraceptive coverage in its employee health plans while it fights the mandate in court.

The Lander college's health insurance provider, Christian Brothers Services, is the same carrier that insures a group of Colorado nuns challenging the free birth control mandate in a federal appeals court in Denver.

The nuns were granted temporary relief from complying with the mandate in December and again in February by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Officials say because the health insurance provider in question is the same, the nuns' exemption applies to the Wyoming college.

Wyoming Catholic College spokesman Jonathon Tonkowich tells the Casper Star-Tribune that as long as the nuns' case is unresolved, the Wyoming college cannot face fines for not complying with the mandate.

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