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Obama Administration Expands Contraception Coverage Again

Obama Administration Expands Contraception Coverage Again

On Friday the Obama administration made another move in enforcing a federal mandate for health insurance coverage of contraceptives and announced the requirement would apply to the many Catholic hospitals, universities and social service agencies that insure themselves.

Like other organizations that contract with a third party for insurance and object to providing contraceptive coverage, an independent entity would step in and provide the coverage thereby assuring women are not discriminated against in their health benefits while those opposed to contraception on religious grounds have those beliefs accommodated.

This is an important clarification since many Catholic schools, universities, hospitals and social service agencies are self-insured.

The administration said the final rules of “self-insured employers” would be issued after the November elections but before August 1, 2013 when the transition period for providing coverage is set to end.

The administration also issued a final rule requiring coverage of contraceptives under student health plans offered by many colleges and universities. The requirement also applies to health plans underwritten by private insurers like UnitedHealth and Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Predictably Republicans were not happy with the rules. At least one bill is pending in the House of Representatives that would let certain employers and insurers opt out of the contraception mandate, despite the failure of a similar bill in the Senate already.

What this means is women’s health, and the control of women’s bodies, will remain a primary issue in the presidential election.

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2:37AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

The man has longterm vision, BIG UP! Not like some, just cashing in on a mandate...

8:44AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Thanks.

2:08PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

"Republicans were not happy with the rules" - all I can say in my Nelson voice is "HA HA!". Another good move by Obama!
ROFL at Jane's comment ^^ :D

9:16AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Good for Obama! Repugs hate women.

8:54AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

What was so wrong with the early 1900s that a few labor laws and equal rights couldn't fix?

8:43AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

JANE B-' Good for Obama! Now the Republicans can go stick their limp little weinies in a watermelon.' OK Jane-if you insist- just as long as they DON'T go sticking them into some demented women and end up making more jackasses like themselves.......

8:42AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

JANE B-' Good for Obama! Now the Republicans can go stick their limp little weinies in a watermelon.' OK Jane-if you insist- just as long as they DON'T go sticking them into some demented women and end up making more jackasses like themselves.......

8:39AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

It seems to me that Mr Obama was the best and most refreshing thing to have happened in the States- hell, after a gloomp like George Dubya, ANYONE would have been an improvement...... now, all the idiots have escaped from the Institution, and are baying for his blood, and demanding that America take a retrograde step back to the early 1900s.....may God help you if they succeed.....even otherwise quite intelligent women appear to think that what's Right is right...... a sad day........

8:58PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Glenna J., I am not opposed to contraception. I'm not opposed to contraception being covered under insurance plans. I am in favor of honoring the first amendment when it comes to exclusions. If I were the dictator of the U.S. I would ban abortion. Last time I looked, the U.S. still had some sort of balance of power in place and I was not even the dictator.

Joslynne D., I am not in favor of our country spending trillions of dollars on war. If they're necessary, I'd like to see other countries much more involved in footing the bill. This country is lost without a balanced budget amendment. We could very well be lost already. We are distinctly in dire straights.

8:47PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Thank you President Obama. At least YOU"RE looking out for women's healthcare and rights! Every woman in the United States should vote for YOU! Thanks again!

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