Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.
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Nestled in the fine print of the Affordable Care Act is a clause that allows people of certain religions to seek an exemption from the requirement to carry health insurance or pay a fine.
The clause applies only to denominations that run their own "mutual aid" system of spreading the cost of health care across the community.
That's how the Amish -- and to a lesser extent, Mennonites -- traditionally handled health expenses.
The Little Sisters of the Poor religious order has asked for an extension of an injunction blocking enforcement of a federal mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance.