Treasury Seeks Input on Coverage of Contraception by Religious Affiliates

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In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, the Obama administration asks for input on the controversial issue of contraception coverage by religious-affiliated employers. Women working for religious affiliates would have access to contraceptive services without having to make out-of-pocket payments for them, while such organizations that object to contraception would not have to pay for it under the ANPRM. The ANPRM on contraceptive coverage under the preventive health benefit provision of the health reform law is issued by the departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor.