Administration Clarifies Insurance Rules For Contraceptives
The Obama administration is moving to end a over making no-cost birth control available under the federal health law.
Under final rules issued Friday, most employers will have to provide contraception — at no charge to employees — as part of their health insurance plans. And while churches and other houses of worship will be exempt from the requirement, nonprofit entities like hospitals and universities that are affiliated with religious groups will have to fall in line.
Those organizations will, however, be given special accommodations to ensure that their female employees are able to get the benefit without violating religious tenets.
The new rules include some tweaks from those , specifically in how nonprofit religious hospitals and universities can make contraceptive coverage available without directly having to “arrange, contract, pay or refer” for it for their employees or students, according to HHS officials.
(From Shots: Health News from NPR)