In an attempt to satisfy Obamacare critics, the Obama administration will allow an opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to covering contraception.
Faith-based nonprofit groups like hospitals and schools can offer coverage to employees that does not include contraception, under new proposed rules announced Friday. But women would still get those benefits in a different way.
Here's how it would work: the health insurance company, or a third party administrator, would arrange for the women to get small, separate insurance policies that cover contraception at no cost to them or their employer. Costs would be covered by fees insurers pay to participate in the new federal health exchanges being set up under Obamacare, Politico reports.
But the new policy may not do much to end the controversy over religious freedom. It does not address the concerns of private businesses owned by individuals who object to contraception on religious grounds, like the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain that filed a high profile lawsuit over the issue. There are several dozen similar lawsuits pending and the religious freedom issue could reach the Supreme Court, Politico reports.
The proposed rules are open for public comment through April 8.
Via Politico reports