Final Rule to be Published on Contraception Coverage and Religious Organizations

6/28/13.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury have announced the release of final federal regulations implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as they relate to contraceptive coverage and religious organizations. The regulations set forth final accommodations made for religiously-affiliated organizations, including institutions of higher education and their student health plans, that federal regulators explain are intended to strike an appropriate balance between respecting the religious considerations raised by non-profit religious organizations and increasing access to important preventive services for women. See news release for more information.

ACHA will be examining these finalized regulations in further detail to determine their potential effect on student health insurance coverage at religiously-affiliated institutions. Additionally, we will continue to monitor developments and seek to influence other issues related to ACA implementation that affect students’ options for comprehensive and affordable student health coverage.