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HHS Proposal Falls Short In Meeting Church Concerns


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Bishops, Priests
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2/7/2013

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ABSTRACTHHS Proposal Falls Short In Meeting Church Concerns; Bishops Look Forward To Addressing Issues With Administration Home | Offices | Bookstore | Contact Us | Share | Subscribe Buscar / Search:  Prayer and Worship Liturgical Calendar Prayers Blessings Devotionals Liturgical Resources Resources for the Eucharist Sacraments The Mass La Santa Misa Beliefs and Teachings Who We Teach How We Teach What We Believe Ecumenical and Interreligious Vocations Issues and Action Get Involved Take Action Now Religious Liberty Faithful Citizenship Marriage and Family Cultural Diversity Human Life and Dignity Child and Youth Protection Media Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Video Bible Today's Reading Books of the Bible Understanding the Bible Approved Translations Liturgy Permissions Catholic Giving Opportunities for Giving Ways to Get Involved About USCCB Strategic Plan USCCB Mission Leadership Bishops and Dioceses USCCB Offices Contact USCCB Financial Reporting USCCB Employment EN ESPAÑOL | Print | Share | Calendar | Diocesan Locator        Items of Interest Bi Lingual Respect Life Program Packet for 2011 12 Now Available Life Issues Forum: The High Costs of “Free” Birth Control Foro Asuntos de Vida: Los altos costos del control de la natalidad “gratuito” Preventive Services Backgrounder Prayer for Protection of Conscience Rights in Health Care Life Issues Forum: Stop the New Attack on Conscience Rights Foro Asuntos de Vida: Detengamos el nuevo ataque a los derechos de conciencia History of the National Prayer Vigil for Life Cardinal DiNardo Issues Respect Life Month Statement National Prayer Vigil for Life Frequently Asked Questions Bishops' Pro Life Official Hails House Passage of 'Protect Life Act' Life Issues Forum: Standing Together for Conscience Rights Foro Asuntos de Vida: En defensa de los derechos de conciencia Comments on Proposed FDA Regulations Comments on Proposed FDA Regulations on the Distribution of Emergency Contraceptives 2003 Emergency Contraception Fails to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion Fact Sheet: Contraceptive Mandates Greater Access to Contraception Does Not Reduce Abortions Contraception and Abortion: The Underlying Link Life Issues Forum: A Beautiful Choice see all 20 pages Other News Releases: February 6, 2013 Christian Leaders Urge Fundamental Immigration Reform February 4, 2013 Catholic-Reformed Dialogue Begins To Explore Mission, Identity Of Church In Modern World February 1, 2013 Bishops Welcome Opportunity To Study New HHS Regulations Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Video   USCCB > Media > News Releases >   HHS Proposal Falls Short In Meeting Church Concerns; Bishops Look Forward To Addressing Issues With Administration   February 7, 2013 Bishops look forward to finding acceptable solutions to shortcomings Concerned that first-rate charities still given second-class status Seek clarification on confusing finance plan WASHINGTON—The Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemakingfrom the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shows some movement by the Administration but falls short of addressing U.S. bishops' concerns. "Throughout the past year, we have been assured by the Administration that we will not have to refer, pay for, or negotiate for the mandated coverage.We remain eager for the Administration to fulfill that pledge and to find acceptable solutions—we will affirm any genuine progress that is made, and we will redouble our efforts to overcome obstacles or setbacks," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a February 7 statement. "Thus, we welcome and will take seriously the Administration's invitation to submit our concerns through formal comments, and we will do so in the hope that an acceptable solution can be found that respects the consciences of all.At the same time, we will continue to stand united with brother bishops, religious institutions, and individual citizens who seek redress in the courts for as long as this is necessary." He listed three key areas of concern: the narrow understanding of a religious ministry; compelling church ministries to fund and facilitate services such as contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization that violate Catholic teaching; and disregard of the conscience rights of for-profit business owners. These are the same concerns articulated by the USCCB Administrative Committee in its March 2012 statement, United for Religious Freedom . Cardinal Dolan said the new proposal seemed to address one part of the church's concern over the definition of a church ministry but stressed that "the Administration's proposal maintains its inaccurate distinction among religious ministries. "It appears to offer second-c.......