The White House’s contraceptives compromise
New plans to address contraception coverage objections for religious non-profit organizations would allow employees to still access coverage via a third party under their employer-based insurance.
The Obama administration proposed broader latitude Friday for religious nonprofits that object to the mandated coverage of contraceptives, one that will allow large faith-based hospitals and universities to issue plans that do not directly provide birth control coverage.Their employees would instead receive a stand-alone, private insurance policy that would provide contraceptive coverage at no cost.The new proposal aims to find middle ground between faith-based nonprofits that have a religious opposition to contraceptives and womens health advocates who vociferously supported the required coverage of birth control without co-payment.It could also breathe new life into lawsuits filed against the Affordable Care Acts contraceptive requirement, some of which were put on hold until the Obama administration clarified its policy on the issue.Under this proposal, objecting nonprofits will be allowed to offer employees a plan that does not cover contraceptives. Their health insurer will then automatically enroll employees in a separate individual policy, which only covers contraceptives, at no cost. This policy would stand apart from the employers larger benefit package.The faith-based employer would not have to contract, arrange, pay or refer for any contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds.
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