HHS Issues New Guidelines on Contraception Mandate

Oct 7, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services issued new rules regarding Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. Insurance providers with “religious or moral objections to contraception” will be exempt from providing them. The list of exempt groups will include “nonprofits, employers, plan sponsors, institutions of higher education,” as well as objecting individuals. The rule change comes several months after President Trump signed an executive order declaring that, "It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom." "Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation. We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore." Administration officials believe that no more than 200 organizations are expected to take advantage of the new rules.