Thursday, January 12, 2017

Feds Unable To Find Compromise On Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Last July, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's remand in Zubik v. Burwell several federal agencies sought suggestions on ways to further accommodate objections by religious non-profits to  furnishing their employees coverage for contraceptive services in employer health plans. The National Law Journal this week reported that after receiving over 54,000 comments, the agencies are not modifying the current rules.  In a Jan. 9 FAQ Release, the Department of Labor said in part:
the comments reviewed by the Departments in response to the RFI indicate that no feasible approach has been identified at this time that would resolve the concerns of religious objectors, while still ensuring that the affected women receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.
The federal government also began filing status reports reflecting this decision with the various Courts of Appeal to which the cases had been remanded.