The religious nonprofits challenging their participation in the contraceptive mandate under the ACA agreed with a U.S. Supreme Court proposal to provide coverage under an alternative plan.
New Jersey's Catholic bishops have weighed in on a growing concern over a new health insurance plan introduced by the state's largest insurer, saying they were "disappointed" all but one Catholic hospital was being excluded from preferred access.
"Over the years, we had considered Horizon to be a partner in delivering health services even to the vulnerable populations we serve," the bishops' letter said. "With the rollout of the Horizon OMNIA Alliance, that partnership seems to be a memory."
My NCR colleague Michael Sean Winters has correctly pointed out that the Obama administration should have shared with the public case after case of real people benefiting from new or better health insurance as part of selling the Affordable Care Act to the American people. Every day this was not done seemed like a missed opportunity. Now, after the ACA has been in place for just over a year, Los Angeles Times national health care reporter Noam N.
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.