Catholic Health Association Agrees with Birth Control Coverage Provision
The Catholic Health Association announced that it no longer disagrees with Obama Administration's Contraception Solution, a plan that will allow employees to receive free birth control coverage.
Their statement contrasts with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who claim that the administration's final regulation interferes with religious freedom. U.S. Bishops asked Congress to overturn the federal contraceptive coverage last August.
After the criticisms last year, the administration made various modifications to the regulation. Churches are not required under the mandate to provide free birth control; however, other religiously affiliated organizations are. While the CHA agrees with the compromise, many other Catholic-affiliated organizations do not. Over 60 lawsuits have been filed against the new regulations by Catholic institutions and businesses.
Media Resources: Huffington Post, 7/10/2013; Kaiser Health News, 7/10/10/2013; Feminist Newswire 8/6/2012
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .