Religious organizations have been given a one-year delay in complying with a rule that health insurance plans offered to employees must include free contraception coverage. The controversial rule first proposed by the Obama administration in August applies to religiously run hospitals, schools and universities, The Washington Post
The rule requires the groups to provide contraception coverage with no out-of-pocket expenses. It had been opposed by such groups as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Not covered by the rule are religious-run organizations that deal solely with a religious message, the Post reported.
The Conference of Bishops had pushed hard for an exemption for employers that consider birth control a violation of their religious beliefs, the Post reported.
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