Tag Archives: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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

ACA Pregnancy Termination, Gender Identity Protections Blocked; Wellness Program Incentives Survive (Updated)

A judge has preliminarily enjoined protections regarding pregnancy termination and gender identity in an ACA nondiscrimination rule. Another judge refused to block regulations allowing employers to offer incentives for employees to disclose medical information in connection with wellness programs.

January 2, 2017

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

Seeking Compromise, Supreme Court Remands Contraceptive Coverage Case To Lower Courts

On May 16, the Supreme Court sent Zubik v. Burwell back down to the lower courts in pursuit of a compromise regarding the accommodation of the religious objections of the petitioner nonprofit organizations to covering contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act’s preventive services mandate.

May 16, 2016

Zubik v. Burwell Briefs Explore Potential Compromise (Update)

A first round of the requested briefs for the case were filed by both the petitioners and the government on April 12. In other ACA news, the IRS has updated several indices used for calculating eligibility for Affordable Care Act benefits or exemptions from ACA penalties for 2017.

April 13, 2016

Zubik v. Burwell Oral Arguments: Under Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation, Conscientious Objectors Or Collaborators? (Update)

Yesterday, the Supreme Court again heard oral arguments in a case involving the Affordable Care Act. Zubik v. Burwell, involves a challenge to the accommodation offered to religious organizations that object to covering contraceptives under the ACA’s preventive services coverage mandate.

March 24, 2016

Slavitt Addresses Viability Of Health Insurance Marketplaces, And More ACA Developments (Updated)

A CMS administrator gave an address regarding the viability of health insurances marketplaces, a Missouri judge refused to dismiss a case challenging the contraceptive mandate, HHS released its 2015 Rate Review Annual Report and confirmed the number of households likely to lose premium tax...

January 12, 2016

Court Rejects Challenge By Secular Entity To ACA Contraceptive Coverage Requirement

A federal trial court has rejected a challenge by a secular entity to contraceptive coverage requirements under the ACA. Also, Healthcare.gov now includes out-of-pocket calculator, doctor and facility look-up, and prescription drug look-up features.

December 14, 2015

Supreme Court To Review Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation For Religious Groups

On November 6, 2015, the Supreme Court agreed to review the accommodation that the government has offered nonprofit religious organizations to excuse them from complying with a regulatory requirement that they provide contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing to their employees and students.

November 6, 2015