The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two final rules earlier this month that will exempt certain entities from having to provide contraceptive coverage in their group health plans on the basis of religious or moral grounds. These rules extend the exemption that is already in place for worship or faith-based nonprofits, religious schools, and some private businesses. Under this rule, over 100,000 women working at several hundred religious hospitals, nursing homes, and faith-based nonprofits will lose coverage. These new rules are very similar to interim proposed rules that were published late last year. Several states challenged the interim rules in federal court. Those who led the challenge of the interim rules have pledged to continue to fight on behalf of the rights of women. The rules are set to take effect 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register. Read the Society for Human Resource Management article here►…

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