Proposed Rule on Funding Contraceptive Coverage

The agencies released proposed guidance on the funding of contraceptive coverage by self-insured religiously affiliated entities.

Document Excerpt

This advance notice of proposed rulemaking announces the
intention of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and
the Treasury to propose amendments to regulations regarding certain
preventive health services under provisions of the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act). The proposed amendments
would establish alternative ways to fulfill the requirements of section
2713 of the Public Health Service Act and companion provisions under
the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue
Code when health coverage is sponsored or arranged by a religious
organization that objects to the coverage of contraceptive services for
religious reasons and that is not exempt under the final regulations
published February 15, 2012. This document serves as a request for
comments in advance of proposed rulemaking on the potential means of
accommodating such organizations while ensuring contraceptive coverage
for plan participants and beneficiaries covered under their plans (or,
in the case of student health insurance plans, student enrollees and
their dependents) without cost sharing.


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