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FAQs and Agencies Plan Changes to Contraceptive Coverage

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a frequently asked question (FAQ) on August 16, 2021, regarding the execution of the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This FAQ indicates that the Departments intend to amend existing religious and moral exemptions to the contraceptive coverage mandate in light of recent litigation.

Contraceptive Mandate

The ACA requires non-grandfathered health plans to cover certain women’s preventive health services without cost-sharing, including all FDA-approved contraceptives.

Religious exemptions apply to certain houses of worship, churches,and other church-affiliated institutions, allowing them to choose not to contract, arrange, pay or refer for any contraceptive coverage.

On November 15, 2018, the Departments published final regulations that expanded the exemptions and accommodations to the contraceptive mandate to apply to any entities with religious or moral objections to the contraceptive coverage requirement.

On July 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld these regulations as a valid exercise of power under the Trump administration.

FAQ Guidance

The FAQ indicates that the Departments intend to issue regulations within six months to amend the 2018 final regulations. The FAQ does not provide any additional detail or specify the types of changes that may be made.

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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