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Obama administration proposes fix for religious objections to contraceptive mandate

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5325 (Published 28 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5325
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The Obama administration has proposed a workaround designed to tackle opposition from employers who have a religious objection to providing health insurance coverage for contraception.

Under the Affordable Care Act contraceptive care is considered an essential preventive service for women, which health plans must cover at no cost to the patient. However, a number of religious groups that oppose some or all forms of contraceptive have objected to the mandate, arguing that it violates their right to religious freedom.

To try to accommodate those …

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