Still Time to Comment on HHS Regulations

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability expresses extreme dismay over the Final Interim Rule impacting group health plans and health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform).

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability expresses extreme dismay at the apparent wholesale disregard for the protection of conscience, including the consciences of those working to assure respect for all persons, including those with disabilities, exhibited in the final regulations which implement the rules for group health plans and health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform).

On August 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the signature of its secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, issued new mandates concerning preventive health services to be covered by such insurance plans. http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-19684_PI.pdf.  These mandates require that all such plans provide the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods, as “preventive health services” for women.  These FDA-approved contraceptives include potential abortifacients such as so-called emergency contraception and IUDs, as well as surgical sterilizations.

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