Employers may soon be able to opt out of the ObamaCare birth control mandate, according to a proposed rule change which was leaked to the press in a report dated May 23.
Employers with a religious or moral objection to birth control would be exempt from having to cover birth control in their health plans. Under current rules, religious organizations, such as churches, don’t have to pay for birth control. Should this new rule go into effect, the exemption would be extended to any organization with a religious or moral objection to birth control.
According to the document,”the government’s interest in ensuring employees of religious nonprofits receive birth control is less significant than previously stated.”
The regulation also provides for an individual exemption for those who are covered by plans sponsored by either private employers or governmental employers, according to Vox, which obtained the leaked document.
The new rule should lead to more healthcare coverage, “because it will reduce the incidence of certain individuals having health coverage to which they have a religious or moral objection, which could otherwise act as an obstacle to coverage,” the document said, noting that it also maintains an earlier accommodation that says the government must pay for birth control; not the employer.
Trying to make up for the fact that women–as childbearers– had to pay more more for healthcare than men, ObamaCare forced everyone to take on the costs of birth control. The accommodation compromise was only reached after the Supreme Court upheld a challenge from the private company Hobby Lobby.
The leaked draft is reportedly under review by the White House’s Office of Budget and Management and will likely be subject to changes.
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