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Obama Administration Continues its Assault on Religious Liberty


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3/20/2012

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ABSTRACTObama Administration Continues its Assault on Religious Liberty | Life Legal Defense Foundation Newsletter subscription status Life Legal Defense Foundation Home About Us Our Mission Board Of Advisors Board Of Directors John R. Streett Dana Cody Terry Thompson Colette Wilson Anthony Wynne, J.D. Marcella Tyler Ketelhut Key Staff Resources Endorsements Lifeline Newsletter Ask The Attorney An Interview with Rich Ackerman LLDF’s Allison Aranda, Esq. Laurence Behr An Interview with Tom Condit An Interview with Brian Hurley An Interview with Phillip L. Jauregui of Birmingham Alabama Cyrus Johnson Interview with Chuck Koller Phill Kline Rebekah Millard Mike Millen An Interview with Nikolas Nikas An Interview with Jeanne Normandeau Michael Norton Terry O’Malley Jim Rouse Katie Short Tim Smith Mimi and John Streett John and Mimi Streett Bob Taylor An Interview with Terry Thompson Richard J. Vattuone Colette Wilson Judicial Evaluation Booklet Advance Medical Directives End Of Life Care Rules To Know Donate Planned Giving Real Estate For Life Audits Links Blogs In The Public Square Freedom Of Access To Clinics Archives Contact April 4, 2012 Obama Administration Continues its Assault on Religious Liberty March 20, 2012 By Staff On Friday, March 16, 2012, the Administration issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the contraceptive and sterilization mandate issued under the new health care law. This notice describes several approaches to the “accommodation” described by the President on February 10, 2012 and seeks input from the public. This is not a proposed rule. It is a general description of what the agencies plan to do and presents an opportunity for public comment. Here, in pertinent part, is what was proposed in the February “accommodation:” [W]e’ve reached a decision on how to move forward. Under the rule, women will still have access to free preventive care that includes contraceptive services—no matter where they work. So that core principle remains. But if a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as part of their health plan, the insurance company—not the hospital, not the charity—will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge, without co-pays and without hassles. Of course, as the “accommodation” currently stands, the employer is still footing the bill for the health plan, making them complicit in providing contraceptives despite conscientious objections. According to the administration’s March 16 notice, “contraceptive coverage will not be included in the plan document, contract, or premium charged to the religious organization” for religious employers. But the insurance company will provide the coverage to beneficiaries anyway. Insurance companies “would pay for contraceptive coverage from the estimated savings from the elimination of the need to pay for services that would otherwise be used if contraceptives were not covered.” The “eliminated” services are prenatal care, labor and delivery. For self-insured plans the proposal is more complicated. It is suggested that the company hired to process claims (known as a third party administrator) would be tasked with providing con.......