Published: February 4, 2013
Tags: Affordable Care Act, contraception, contraceptive mandate, Department of Health and Human Services, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, health care reform, HHS, Obamacare, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Religious Freedom Restoration Act
The new federal requirement that all group health plans must include coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive methods probably violates the religious rights of an employer who is a devout Catholic, the 8th Circuit has ruled in granting a preliminary injunction.
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has issued a proposed rule under the federal health care law that would allow certain religious organizations to opt-out of providing mandatory contraceptive coverage to employees. But the rule also would allow employees to obtain outside coverage with no co-pays and at no cost to the organizations.