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  • WASHINGTON—Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) released the following statement in response to interim final and proposed rules from the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services. These rules seek to augment and extend the "accommodation" available to organizations that have religious objections to covering contraception in their employee and student health plans, while preserving enrollees' access to all FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost-sharing as required by the Affordable Care Act. In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent order in Wheaton College v. Burwell, the interim final regulations outline an alternative process that an eligible organization may use to provide notice of its religious objection. A separate proposed rule seeks public comment on potential changes to the definition of organizations eligible for the accommodation in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

  • By Tracy Seipel

    Spurred by faculty and staff outrage over the refusal by two Catholic universities to pay for elective abortions, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Friday announced that health insurance companies in the state can no longer deny coverage for these procedures.

  • Statement by the American Civil Liberties Union of California, National Health Law Program, NARAL Pro-Choice California, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the Trust Women: Silver Ribbon Campaign regarding letters issued today by the Department of Managed Health Care clarifying requirements that insurance plans cover abortion services.

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