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Health Agencies Update
December 25, 2018

Final Rules for Religious or Moral Objections to Contraceptive Coverage

JAMA. 2018;320(24):2520. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19473

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor recently announced 2 final rules that exempt employers from providing health insurance coverage for contraceptives if they have religious or moral objections to it.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) exempted “houses of worship” and plans grandfathered under the ACA from having to cover preventive services such as contraceptives with no cost sharing.

Treasury, Labor, and HHS in 2011 began issuing regulations and guidance requiring non–grandfathered group health plans and insurance companies and insurance organizations, such as HMOs, to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and related services with no cost sharing.