Democrats call Trump’s birth control insurance plan unconstitutional

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The administration plans to roll back yet another one of Obama’s health coverage requirements. The Trump administrations strategy to undo a requirement for employers to provide workers with birth control insurance in their health plans is a religious endorsement and it is unconstitutional, say a group consisting of 19 Democratic state attorneys general. The reason is that Trump’s plan allows an employer’s religious objections to block an employee’s coverage. Trump’s plan gives employers the opportunity to stop their employees from receiving birth control insurance on religious or moral grounds. The…

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Birth control insurance ruling will be laid down by the Supreme Court

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This will settle a broad scale dispute occurring between the Obama administration and religious non-profits. On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed that it would settle the ongoing birth control insurance dispute occurring between the Obama administration and certain religious non-profits. This will surely place religious freedom and reproductive rights in the presidential campaign spotlight. The justices gave the nod to hearing a challenge against the Affordable Care Act which will be made by seven non-profit organizations. Each of those different groups claim to have religious objections to the requirements of…

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Insurance companies don’t cover all forms of birth control

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has determined that the Affordable Care Act’s coverage doesn’t necessarily extend to all methods. According to the results of a new study that was published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, not all forms of birth controls are being covered by insurance companies without some forms of costs or copayments. These apparently include certain forms such as emergency contraceptives as well as IUDs. The majority of insurance companies have been required by the Affordable Care Act to provide full coverage for birth control so that policyholders will…

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Health insurance for U.S. employees is not required to cover birth control

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Though the overall law still stands, companies can object on religious grounds in order to gain exemption. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently released a new health insurance ruling that states that companies are permitted to submit an objection on religious grounds to a health care reform provision that would require them to provide birth control coverage within their group plans. The court held this decision on a vote of 5 to 4 that companies could seek this type of exemption. This ruling was carefully made to reflect that while…

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Supreme Court rules against health insurance provision of Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court rules to overturn provision forcing companies to provide coverage for contraceptive care The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling concerning the Affordable Care Act’s provision prohibiting organization from denying coverage for birth control and contraceptive care on religious grounds. This provision has generated a significant degree of controversy alongside the other provisions of the health care reform law. The ruling from the Supreme Court may dispel some of this controversy, but it will also allow businesses and other organizations to deny coverage for contraceptive care. Ruling marks…

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Obama Administration works to accommodate Roman Catholic Church with mandated health insurance

The ongoing discussions between the Roman Catholic Church and the Obama Administration over the federally mandated health insurance coverage that includes services for family planning has lead to a compromise that is designed to take all priorities into account. Catholic Bishops have been speaking out against the model for employer-provided health insurance which requires them to cover birth control and other family planning care products and services which they feel are morally wrong. Equally, though, the government feels that it is equally reprehensible to allow an employer to make an…

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Controversial contraceptive care initiative emerges with compromise from President Obama

Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced that health insurance companies and health care organizations must provide coverage for contraceptive care. The announcement drew the ire of religious communities in the U.S. who claimed that the regulation infringed on their freedom to practice their beliefs. The outcry was not ignored by the administration and President Obama has announced changes will be made to the regulation for the sake of compromise. Despite this new development, however, religious organizations are still opposing the regulation as a whole. According to the new compromise,…

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HHS rules that organizations with religious affiliations must provide coverage for contraceptives

The Obama administration recently introduced a new law that requires insurers to provide coverage for contraceptives. The plan has put many religious associations on edge as such coverage may run counter to their beliefs. This has led many of these associations to seek exemption from the rule. Such is the case with the University of Notre Dame, which petitioned the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be discounted from the law. Late last week, the HHS ruled that all institutions with religious affiliations must adhere to the law.…

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New insurance guidelines are providing women with new healthcare opportunities

Many women are already singing the praises of the changes in the coverage regulations for women under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Since the Act went into effect, the following additional coverages for preventive services have been added for women, without deductible, co-insurance, or co-payments: • All forms of patient, sterilization procedures, and contraceptive methods that have Food and Drug Administration approval. • An annual “well-woman” preventive care visit for women. • HPV virus screening every three years for women over the age of 30. • A gestational diabetes…

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Washington insurer facing fines after denying coverage for contraceptives for women

As the nation’s insurers begin to make the shift in covering birth control for women, some companies are falling behind. Washington’s Regence BlueShield, one of the state’s largest health insurance companies, is being fined by state insurance regulators for denying coverage to nearly 1,000 women. The company is now facing fines coming from the state’s Insurance Department. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler was first made aware of the issue early this week when a consumer contacted his office to file a complaint. Regence BlueShield now faces a $100,000 fine for what…

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