Tag Archives: contraceptive coverage

Appellate Ruling Deals Setback To Opponents Of Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

A new appellate ruling holds that an employer that objects on moral, not religious, grounds to contraceptive coverage must still provide such coverage, and individuals who object to contraceptives on religious grounds need not be allowed to purchase insurance that does not cover them.

August 6, 2017

At It Again: Texas Continues To Undercut Access To Reproductive Health Care

Texas and the Trump administration could set dangerous new precedents that could undermine family planning care in Medicaid programs nationwide.

July 18, 2017

Is There Justification For The Contraceptive Rule To Go Into Effect Immediately Upon Issuance?

OMB is reviewing an interim final rule on accommodations for entities objecting to giving workers access to contraceptives without cost sharing. Notice and public comment may be skipped only when they are “impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” Does this rule meet the test?

July 7, 2017

On Objections To Contraceptive Coverage, Trump Administration Appears Set To Reverse Obama Approach

On May 30, a draft of an interim final rule on conscience-based objections to contraceptives coverage under the preventive services requirement of the ACA was leaked to the media. The rule as leaked would depart dramatically from the Obama administration’s position on the contraceptives issue.

June 2, 2017

Executive Order Addresses Religious Objections To Contraception

The ACA's contraceptive mandate spawned about a hundred lawsuits, which tied up the Obama administration for half a decade. This post analyzes the background for the Trump EO provision and its potential impact.

May 5, 2017

Administration Sticks With Current Accommodation For Employers Objecting To Contraceptive Coverage

One issue the outgoing Obama administration needed to wrap up was its response to the Supreme Court in the Zubik litigation. On January 9, the administration announced that it was not modifying its current accommodation for employers that object to contraceptive coverage on religious grounds.

January 10, 2017

The Women’s Health Amendment Is Getting An Update. What Should It Include?

ACOG and its colleague organizations should address four areas of importance for sexual and reproductive health: expanding the contraceptive coverage guarantee; expanding coverage of services to prevent HIV and other STIs; covering and ensuring adequate reimbursement for preventive counseling...

September 14, 2016

CMS Releases Form For Insurers Submitting Contraceptive Claims

On August 22, CMS released at its REGTAP.info website a web-based form that third party administrators and insurers may use for submitting contraceptive claims that they have paid for 2015 as well as a set of frequently asked questions describing how the new process will work.

August 23, 2016

Government Requests Input On Possible Contraceptive Coverage Compromises (Updated)

On July 21, the federal government requested input from interested parties on possible alternatives to the current accommodation for employers that object to providing contraceptive coverage under the ACA’s preventive services mandate.

July 21, 2016

CMS Provides New Clarity For Family Planning Under Medicaid

Medicaid accounts for three-quarters of public funding for family planning in the United States. CMS' sweeping new regulations and three additional pieces of guidance to state officials together form the most comprehensive set of rules, principles, and recommendations for states that CMS has...

July 12, 2016