Opt out option expected for religious insurers who oppose contraceptives

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Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to unveil on Friday, according to two sources.

In March, after an uproar among religious institutions that didn’t want to pay for contraceptives, the Obama administration offered several policy suggestions that would require the administrator of the insurance policy, not the religious institution or the insurer, to pay for contraception coverage and invited comment on those proposals.

The administration is expected to detail how it will handle two of the more controversial situations, said a source familiar with Friday’s announcement.

“Religiously affiliated organizations will be given the option of exempting themselves from the requirement of providing their employees with contraceptive access or service that they are morally opposed to,” said the source.

A spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department refused to comment on the expected policy announcement.

If an institution opts out of paying for contraceptive coverage, individual employees will get coverage through a third entity. That separate exchange, said the source, would be paid for by the insurance company.

Written By: Dan Merica
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14 COMMENTS

  1. It’s hard not to invoke the slippery slope fallacy. Then again, we might not need to, because “service[s] they are morally opposed to” leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

    It could also be a lot worse, at least now contraception will remain available even to the employees of religiously affiliated organisations.

  2. In reply to #1 by Sjoerd Westenborg:

    It’s hard not to invoke the slippery slope fallacy. Then again, we might not need to, because “service[s] they are morally opposed to” leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

    I wonder if an employer who’s a JW could refuse to provide insurance that would cover for blood transfusions.

  3. “Right kids…and that means all 27 of you!
    We’re moving town,coz we can’t have any more of ya.Your mothers uterus is half way down her knee at this point.So,accordin’ to that squarr thing in the corner of the sittin’ room,there’s other towns n jobs out there for real,and wur gonna drive for a full 2 hrs today and pray we don’t fall of the edge,coz we need thems free jiggimebots to un-pregnize your mama so as we don’t start eatin’ each other…forgive me lord jeezaz

  4. Look at the photo…old men and old women. Where are the twenty and thirty-year-old women holding the signs?

    I propose a call for action (again) young women leave the church!!! If you don’t agree with what is being said – leave. As a young adult, I recall being asked to respond “I do” to each line of the profession of faith. Under my breath I responded “no” “no” “I don’t.” It woke me up and I have not returned since. If the priest did this on a one-to-one basis, my guess is that the church pews would suddenly become very empty.

  5. In reply to #1 by Sjoerd Westenborg:

    It’s hard not to invoke the slippery slope fallacy. Then again, we might not need to, because “service[s] they are morally opposed to” leaves a lot of room for interpretation.It could also be a lot worse, at least now contraception will remain available even to the employees of religiously affiliated organisations.

    I should be ashamed of myself. A serious issue is being debated and I’m sat here thinking, ‘condoms…ha, ha, slippery… ha ha’. It’s no wonder that we as a race make such a mess of making the important decisions and I find out it’s all my fault. sorry people

  6. Religions and their brainwashed zombie adherents don’t care about individuals, don’t care about people, don’t care about the environment, don’t care about anything except their perverted primitive dogmas. Religions are the main threat to the survival of humanity. Every religion strives to subjugate every other religion and to subjugate those of us who are smart enough not to be fooled or need religion as an easy way out of facing up to our moral obligations and acknowledgment of the realities of the universe. They will not rest until humanity is wiped off the face of the earth. Unless of course we rational people wipe away the stupidity of religious faith. Science, reason, dialogue and humanist values can with effort and patience exterminate these deadly viral infections of weak minds. Lets get on with it.

  7. I also thought of this article: Birth control law too late for Philippine mum of 22

    “I tell women now, please do not be like me. I have too many children, and sometimes I do not know what to do and just cry, especially when they fight,” she said.

    “It is very difficult to have many children… many times we sleep without eating,” she said.

    But she said the most difficult and painful part was failing to provide basic medical care to her children.
    Of the 22, five died young due to diarrhea, a treatable disease that constantly plagues the slums, because they had no money to buy medicines or take them to hospital.

    And then I love the response she gets to this:

    Asked to comment on the plight of Cabenan, one of the groups that filed a petition with Supreme Court to strike down the law said her 22 children should be a cause for celebration and not regret.

    “Children are never a liability. In fact, in the provinces, the more children you have, the more it is considered a gift,” Serve Life spokesman Anthony Lanicao told AFP.

    He also said couples with so many unwanted children were “partly at fault” because they should have checked their sexual urges.

  8. Can someone explain how this works in the US ? In Australia if you want condoms you buy them. If you want the contraceptive pill it is prescribed by a doctor and bought from a pharmacist for an amount subsidised by the government under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — like most medicines. There is no involvement of private health insurers. They do offer a rebate on some medicines not covered by the PBS but that is not the case for the contraceptive pill.

    What does “coverage for contraception” mean in the US to an individual ?

    Thanks – Michael

  9. Why is it that these people don’t realize that the ‘religious’ organization is not paying for the contraceptives. It is part of the employees benefits, that means that they are free to use those benefits as they like based on their beliefs. NO ONE would allow an employer to dictate how they spend their paycheck, so why should health benefits be any different?

  10. Here we go again the religious simpletons get upset that the state is not bending to their every demand and so they kick up a storm, as always the usual rules apply if you don’t like it fuck off.

  11. Religious employer to government: You cannot tell me what to do!

    Religious employer to employees: I am telling you, no contraception covererage!

    Opt yourselves out of existence, sanctimonious scheisskopfs!

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