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Friday, August 22, 2014

Obama administration offers Hobby Lobby workaround for contraceptive coverage

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

So the Obama administration proposes to allow employees of for-profit companies to get access to free contraceptive coverage from insurance companies as a way around the Hobby Lobby ruling that lets private employers refuse to offer certain medical coverage — in that case contraception — for religious reasons.

A "proposed rule" by the Department of Health and Human Services lets female employees of for-profit businesses obtain birth control directly from their insurer, at no extra cost, if their boss opts out of covering the service in the company's insurance plan for religious reasons.

The move extends an accommodation that already exists for non-profit organizations, which are allowed to refuse to cover for birth control. In short, the religious owners can pass the cost on to the insurer so that they're no longer complicit in what they view as sin
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What do you bet a religionist Republican is lying in wait to prevent this means of allowing women to control their health care?


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