Obama Compromises With Religious Leaders Over Contraception

By Admin
Today, the Obama administration sought to settle a long-lasting dispute with religious leaders over whether employees at faith-affiliated universities...


Today, the Obama administration sought to settle a long-lasting dispute with religious leaders over whether employees at faith-affiliated universities, hospitals and other institutions should have access to health insurance coverage for contraceptives.

The new set of proposals suggests instead that employees at religious non-profits are guaranteed access to birth control coverage without out-of-pocket costs through separate plans with insurers picking up the tab.

The rules follow months of protest and legal action by groups representing Roman Catholics, Protestant evangelicals and private employers. They have argued that President Barack Obama's 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act forces them to violate their own religious tenets against contraception.

Read more about Obama's Healthcare Policies

For more than a year, the Obama administration has struggled with how to balance its desire to guarantee universal contraceptive coverage with religious freedoms provided by the US Constitution.

Faced with the anger of religious leaders and social conservatives in the midst of a heated presidential campaign, Obama said last February that he would create an accommodation for religious employers under the law.

The new rules from the Department of Health and Human Services consolidate many of the ideas administration officials voiced then, but in greater detail. “Today, the administration is taking the next step in providing women across the nation with coverage of recommended preventive care at no cost, while respecting religious concerns,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “We will continue to work with faith-based organizations, women's organizations, insurers and others to achieve these goals.”

Source: Reuters


Featured Articles

Snowflake: Transforming patient healthcare with Gen AI

Jesse Cugliotta, Healthcare & Life Science at Snowflake, discusses revolutionising healthcare efficiency and improving patient care with Gen AI

Johnson & Johnson: Turning supplier spend into local support

Johnson & Johnson’s Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion team is growing spending with social enterprises around the globe to expand its impact

Seasonal Affective Disorder’s impact on health & solutions

Dr Ravi Gill & Dr. Naomi Newman-Beinart discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder and its treatments, from vitamin D spray to light therapy

CGI teams up with Totalmobile for digital healthcare service

Digital Healthcare

Deloitte: generative AI can improve access to healthcare

Technology & AI

Wipro & NVIDIA’s revolutionary healthcare uses generative AI