FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – With less than 100 days before it’s implemented, a victory for those who oppose the federal mandate that employers provide free contraception coverage as part of their health insurance.
On the day the Department of Health and Human Services issued final rules on the birth control mandate, a federal appeals court judge ruled that arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby can continue to fight the requirement without charging the company daily fines.
As for the new rules, the Department of Health and Human Services says they simplified the process by which the employees of religiously affiliated institutions will be able to obtain contraceptive coverage.
In a similar way, under the final rules, self-insured religious groups will notify their plan administrators about their objection to covering birth control, and the administrator will notify policyholders about their separate eligibility for birth control services.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese says his office just received the new rules and he clearly feels it is an intrusion on his religious freedom.
“It is an awful intrusion of government into the life in our religious institutions, and also violating the consciousness of millions of Americans,” said Bishop Rhoades.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praised the final rule as a compromise between religious groups and women whom she said deserve free access to birth control.
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