U.S. to propose birth control exception for religious companies: source

An illustration picture shows a woman holding a pill at her home in Nice(Reuters) – The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely-held companies that object to contraception on religious grounds, proposing a new accommodation to health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday. The move follows a Supreme Court ruling in June that allowed certain for-profit companies to refuse to cover contraceptives due to the religious beliefs of their owners. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law requires companies to provide free birth control coverage as a preventive service included in their health plans. The exception requires insurers to cover the cost of birth control for employees of such organizations, separate from the benefits paid for by the employers.



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