The Health Care Reform Law (PPACA) and Coverage for Contraceptives

No doubt you’ve heard about the recent outcry from religious employers over PPACA’s mandated coverage for contraceptives. Religious institutions like the Catholic Church, which has always opposed birth control, would have been required to provide employer-sponsored insurance that pays for contraceptives. On February 10, 2012, President Obama shifted the burden for payment and coverage onto the health insurance companies. Instead of requiring religious institutions to sponsor and pay for health coverage that includes 100% coverage for contraceptives, the provision now holds the insurance companies responsible for both the cost and the coverage. Since the outcome is the same (all plans must cover contraceptives), many argue that the Presidents’ most recent decision was not a compromise in favor of religious freedom.

Read both views here:
Health Reform, Preventive Services, and Religious Institutions
Obama Shifts on Contraceptives

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