Thursday, February 7, 2013

Proposed Rule Eases Contraceptive Mandate for Non-Profit Religious Organizations -

On February 1, 2013, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor issued guidance on the provision of coverage for contraceptives with no cost-sharing for non-profit religious organizations.

The proposed regulations pertain to women’s preventive services that must be covered, without cost-sharing, by non-grandfathered plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The services include all Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved contraceptives.

The proposed rule outlines:

- An expanded definition of what qualifies a religious employer for an exemption

- How women working for non-profit religious organizations can obtain contraceptives without cost-sharing through an individual policy that is administered separately from their employer’s plan

- How the contraceptives without cost-sharing will be paid for

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