August 22nd, 2014
On August 22, 2014, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury released an interim final and a proposed rule providing for the accommodation of religious objections on the part of an employer or institution of higher learning to providing their employees or students coverage for contraceptive services. A fact sheet on the rules was also released, as was a notice on the revision of the form used to collect information on religious objections to contraceptive coverage.
The proposed rule, which applies to for-profit entities, is being issued in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which ruled that closely-held for-profit corporations may refuse to cover contraceptives for religious reasons. The interim final rule responds to the Court’s interim order in Wheaton College v. Burwell (and to 31 lower court injunctions) that released religious non-profit organizations from accommodations earlier proposed by HHS.Read the rest of this entry »