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Christian College Loses Obamacare Contraceptive Challenge

Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 03:37 PM

The Obama administration won a reversal of a court ruling that would have shielded a Christian college from a provision of Obamacare requiring religious nonprofits to indirectly facilitate contraceptive coverage even if they oppose the use because of their faith.

Nonprofit religious groups can claim an exception under the healthcare act that offers coverage for contraceptives through an insurance plan or a third-party administrator. The accommodation to the contraceptive-coverage provision, which requires nonprofits to notify their insurers, places "no substantial burden" on the college, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Wednesday, overturning a lower-court judge.

Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, argued that the accommodation forces it to trigger the provision of insurance coverage for contraceptive services to which it is opposed on religious grounds. The very act of notifying its insurer through a self-certification form requires the college to be "complicit" in sin, according to court papers.

The appeals court disagreed. The law provides an "opt-out mechanism" that shifts to third parties the obligation to provide contraceptive coverage allowing religious groups to wash their hands of any involvement, the court ruled.

"The regulations accommodate the interests of religious institutions that provide health services, while not curtailing the public interest that motivates the federally mandated requirement that such services shall be provided to women free of charge," the court said in its ruling.

The court ruling also covers two Catholic dioceses that had challenged the provision.

The case is Geneva College v. Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 13-3536, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Philadelphia).

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