CHA wel­comes HHS’ lat­est rules on con­tra­cep­tion cov­er­age

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The Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion says the lat­est fed­eral rules on birth con­trol cov­er­age are an im­prove­ment. But the trade group for Ro­man Catholic hos­pi­tals said it won’t make a fi­nal judg­ment un­til it can­vasses its mem­bers. Re­li­gious lead­ers have been seek­ing a broader ex­emp­tion from HHS’ re­quire­ment that em­ploy­ers pro­vide in­surance that cov­ers con­tra­cep­tion at no out-of-pocket cost to en­rollees. HHS in­cluded the re­quire­ment un­der a pre­ven­tive-ser­vices pro­vi­sion of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act. Churches are ex­empt. The agency’s lat­est com­pro­mise also cre­ates a buf­fer be­tween re­li­gious char­i­ties and birth con­trol cov­er­age. “We wel­comed the clar­ity of the state­ments of HHS’ in­tent to pro­tect el­i­gi­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions from hav­ing to con­tract, ar­range, pay or re­fer for con­tra­cep­tive cov­er­age to which they ob­ject on re­li­gious grounds,” CHA Pres­i­dent and CEO Sis­ter Carol Kee­han said in the as­so­ci­a­tion’s state­ment. “HHS also pro­poses that th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions will in­cur no li­a­bil­ity for the fail­ure of oth­ers such as in­surance com­pa­nies to pro­vide such ser­vices.” U.S. bish­ops this month said the new rules don’t an­swer all their ob­jec­tions, but they will work on find­ing a so­lu­tion. The CHA said its con­cerns are nar­rower in scope.

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