Obama Administration Clarifies Birth Control Policy 29550

The new rule that mandates health insurance plans to cover contraceptive medication will apply to health plans offered by religious organizations, Obama administrations clarified late last week.  The announcement clarified an earlier statement that an "accommodation" would be offered to religious groups who object to funding birth control medication on the basis of their faiths.

Sebelius said that in lieu of the religious institutions paying for the contraceptives, pharmaceutical companies could offer substantial rebates to allow the faith-based groups to provide the medication without funding it themselves.

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