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Success! Obama Administration Keeps Rule Requiring Insurance Coverage For Birth Control

Success! Obama Administration Keeps Rule Requiring Insurance Coverage For Birth Control

The Obama administration held firm against pressure from religious groups like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and refused to change a rule that requires employers that offer workers health insurance to include access to contraception with no additional out-of-pocket costs.

The administration will grant religious organizations a one-year delay before they must comply with the rule.

The rule, first proposed by the administration last August, exempts from compliance those employers whose primary purpose is to inculcate religious values and that mainly employ and serve individuals who share those values. Religious groups had argued this exemption was too narrow and would exclude a number of religious universities, hospitals and schools that do not currently offer birth control coverage in health insurance plans for their employees.

Make no mistake about it, the pressure to expand the religious exemption here was extreme. But it was met with pressure from individuals and groups who believe that women should not be discriminated against in health insurance coverage just because of their gender.

So thank you to the Care2.com community for all your work in making sure the Obama administration understood that caving to religious pressure on birth control would not be tolerated. Thanks to your efforts women face one less hurdle in accessing critical health care services.

 

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10:03AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

THANK YOU PRESIDENT!!! All we need are more children that our Government will have to pay for one way or another.

1:19PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Good news.

1:03AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

The only religious exemption that I believe in is exempting them from interfering with legislative processes.

6:34PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Noted.

4:52AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

this is very good news.

7:08AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

I was told by my daughter's college health plan in NJ that they are exempt from the free birth control ruling because it is a blanket plan (different from a group plan) that is not renewed yearly, they have a new plan start every school year with new ID numbers etc. Does anyone know if this is true or if they are trying to get out of paying. Also, I was under the impression this starts in 2012 but it appears this starts for new insurance plans that begin after 8/1/12.

2:33PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

now if only all insurance would cover it.

1:54AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

yay

10:37PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health-care overhaul passed by Congress last year, was designed to make it easier for Americans in situations like Verone's to get health insurance BTW check "Penny Medical" for more information

1:28PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

If you are not a rich, white, christian heterosexual man, voting republican is idiotic.

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