Contraceptives

9:15am

Sun September 21, 2014
Health Care

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 9:36 am

Sisters of the Servants of Mary from Kansas City, Kan., at a rally in 2012. Catholic employers don't want to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives, but Catholic insurance companies have quietly arranged for coverage for years.
John Hanna AP

The Affordable Care Act requires that most health plans offer birth control to women.

Around the country, Catholic employers have been arguing in court that having anything to do with insurance coverage of contraceptives violates their freedom of religion.

But when the insurance companies themselves are Catholic, contraceptive coverage comes without a hitch.

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10:02am

Wed September 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 9:15 am

Contraceptive coverage has long been required by state laws or sought by nonreligious employers the religious health plans serve.
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Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs.

But what happens when the insurance company is itself Catholic? It turns out that Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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1:30am

Fri September 12, 2014
Health

Changing Tack, GOP Candidates Support Over-The-Counter Birth Control

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:32 pm

8:30am

Mon June 30, 2014
Supreme Court

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:54 am

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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10:19am

Fri June 13, 2014
Shots - Health News

6 Questions About Contraception Coverage And The Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 6:06 am

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store on March 25, in Antioch, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans.

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