Faced with nearly 50 lawsuits by employers with religious objections, the Obama administration announced on Friday new details of the contraception coverage rule that clarify which employers will be exempt from having to cover contraception costs for their employees.
Group health plans of “religious employers” are exempted from having to provide contraceptive coverage, if they have religious objections to contraception.
Today’s NPRM [Notice of Proposed Rulemaking] would simplify the existing definition of a “religious employer” as it relates to contraceptive coverage.
The NPRM would eliminate criteria that a religious employer:
- have the inculcation of religious values as its purpose;
- primarily employ persons who share its religious tenets; and
- primarily serve persons who share its religious tenets.
I'm not clear on whether this will help Hobby Lobby, for instance, and the Catholic Bishops have yet to respond fully. However, "reproductive rights advocates" are "pleased," so it's likely there's a catch somewhere in all the dot-gov babble.