Contraceptive Coverage Exemption Rules on Hold by Courts
A federal district court in Pennsylvania has issued a nationwide injunction blocking revised rules set to be effective on January 14, 2019 regarding contraceptive services coverage in employer based health insurance. The revised rules would make it easier for private employers to refuse to provide coverage for contraceptive services as part of their health insurance plan for employees. Pending any appeal, the requirement to provide contraceptive services will remain in place for all entities that do not qualify for a religious objection exemption.
It is expected that the Departments will appeal these latest injunctions. Employers should use caution and consult with counsel before implementing any changes related to contraceptive services that rely on the November 2018 or the October 2017 rules.
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