Gov't: Religious Schools, Hospitals Still Have to Cover Birth Control
Rules for nonprofit, religiously affiliated institutions finalized; for-profit businesses hit back
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Religious leaders may not like it, but the Obama administration is going ahead with its plan to require religiously-affiliated nonprofits like schools and hospitals to provide employees with insurance coverage for birth control, the New York Times reports. The Washington Post breaks down the final, slightly convoluted regulations on how it will work: The objecting organization lets its insurance provider know it won't be covering contraception; the insurer notifies employees; the insurer then covers contraceptive costs without using any premium dollars from the employer; at the end of the year, the insurer tells the government how much it spent on the contraceptives; the government pays it back plus some additional administrative costs; the government also gives the insurer a discount on ObamaCare exchange fees.

But for-profit companies don't have the option of this exemption, and will still be required to provide coverage for contraception regardless of religious beliefs. This could prove problematic. On Thursday, a federal appeals court granted Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain with religious owners who don't want to give their employees coverage for some forms of birth control, a hearing for an injunction against the mandate, and ruled that it will not have to pay fines for failing to provide the coverage while it awaits the court date next month, the AP reports. The judge warned that companies like Hobby Lobby are likely to win—comparing the case to a kosher butcher not willing to employ non-kosher practices—and urged he government to come up with a solution before more companies take the fight to court.

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plain_speaking
Jul 2, 2013 6:51 AM CDT
So, I wonder if these same religious businesses have a problem with Viagra for unmarried men or covering the cost of births for unmarried woman or treatment of STDs for unmarried folks????? Where is the line? If an organization is doing business in the US....follow the laws of the land...There is all sorts of crazy stuff in the bible about slaves and treatment of woman and children that is in conflict with the law....but the law supersedes...
Wayneo2
Jul 1, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
I don’t understand. Contraceptives prevent abortions. I will not shop at Hobby Lobby again!
Buckshot
Jun 30, 2013 3:14 PM CDT
It's a hoot to think that Catholics are opposed to birth control but not child molestation?