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U.S. Offers Religious Institutions a Compromise on Providing Birth Control
By Joe Elia
On Friday, the Obama administration announced a compromise that would exempt religious institutions — including Catholic hospitals, charities, and colleges — from directly providing birth control coverage to their employees, the Washington Post reported.
The proposal allows the institutions to offer plans that don't cover contraceptives. The insurer would then enroll employees in a separate plan that only covers contraceptives, which would be provided at no cost. The insurance companies would recoup their cost of providing that coverage by paying lower fees to the government for the right to sell plans to new health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
As reported in the New York Times, critics object that for-profit business run by people with reservations about contraception would not be covered by the proposed compromise.
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Published in Physician's First Watch February 4, 2013
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