The Depart­ment of the Trea­sury (Trea­sury), Depart­ment of Labor (DOL), and Depart­ment  of Health and Human Ser­vices (HHS) (col­lec­tive­ly, Depart­ments) released two final rules on con­tra­cep­tive cov­er­age exemp­tions. These rules final­ize the Depart­ments’ inter­im final rules that were pub­lished on Octo­ber 13, 2017. HHS also issued a press release and fact sheet on these final rules.

The first final rule pro­vides an exemp­tion from the con­tra­cep­tive cov­er­age man­date to enti­ties (includ­ing cer­tain employ­ers) and indi­vid­u­als that object to ser­vices cov­ered by the man­date on the basis of sin­cere­ly held reli­gious beliefs.

The sec­ond final rule pro­vides an exemp­tion from the con­tra­cep­tive cov­er­age man­date to non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, small busi­ness­es, and indi­vid­u­als that object to ser­vices cov­ered by the man­date on the basis of sin­cere­ly held moral convictions.

The final rules will be effec­tive on Jan­u­ary 14, 2019.

Read more about the final rules.

 

by Karen Hsu
Orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on UBABenefits.com