Compromise Still Guarantees Contraceptive Coverage (from Lockton Companies)

Seeking to curtail the political uproar over birth control and religious liberty, President Obama announced today a compromise on the requirement that non-grandfathered health insurance plans offered by religiously-affiliated institutions offer free birth control to female employees beginning (for most plans) in 2014.

Under the compromise, it appears women still will be guaranteed coverage for contraceptive services without any out-of-pocket cost, but only if the health plan is insured.

Religiously-affiliated non-profit employers such as schools, charities, universities and hospitals will be able to provide their workers with plans that exclude such coverage.  Moreover, they will have no obligation to inform their employees that they can receive contraception coverage in other ways, or refer them to where they can obtain the coverage.

Full article here.

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