Effective immediately, the U.S. will begin allowing faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals to notify the government – rather than their insurers – that they object to birth control on religious grounds. Then the government will instruct a nonprofit’s insurer or third-party administrators to take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control, at no cost to the employer. In a related move, the administration announced plans to extend an existing accommodation to some for-profit corporations that is currently available only to nonprofits. That measure would be available for “closely held” corporations that are owned by families or a small number of investors, and would transfer responsibility for birth control coverage away from the employer, according to a fact sheet posted on a government web site. Pressed on the specifics of the implementation, Schultz directed further inquiries to the Department of Health and Human Services, which has overseen implementation of the health care law.
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What these rules do is help ensure that women have access to contraceptive coverage while respecting religious beliefs, said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. Yet the latest proposals will likely run up against the same objections, because they still enable employees to receive contraception through their health plans one of a range of preventive services required under President Barack Obamas health care law. We will be studying the new rule with our clients, but if todays announcement is just a different way for the government to hijack the health plans of religious ministries, it is unlikely to end the litigation, said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The fund has represented both Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College, an evangelical school whose case also made its way to the Supreme Court. In June, the high court ruled that the government cant force companies like Hobby Lobby Inc. to pay for birth control.
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Obama Offers new Accommodations on Birth Control
The dual decisions embrace suggestions included in recent Supreme Court rulings. But they’re unlikely to go far enough to satisfy religious groups. That’s because they would still make the groups complicit in a system that provides birth control through their organizations’ health plans. Langlade County Humane Society Raises $9,400 to Stay Open To comment, the following rules must be followed: No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions No Negative Community Comparisons No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed Stay on Story Topic Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Obama administration announces new birth control fixes for religious groups
A previous accommodation offered by the Obama administration allowed those nonprofits to opt out of paying for birth control by submitting a document called Form 700 to their insurers, but Roman Catholic bishops and other religious plaintiffs argued just submitting that form was like signing a permission slip to engage in evil. In a related move, the administration announced plans to allow for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Inc. to start using Form 700. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can’t force companies like Hobby Lobby Inc. to pay for birth control, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still get birth control one way or another at no added cost. The dual decisions mark the Obama administration’s latest effort to address a long-running conflict that has pitted the White House against churches and other religious groups.