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Contraceptive Coverage Requirement and Legal Challenges Five Years After 'Hobby Lobby' [September 23, 2019]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Document: "When Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, it required employment-based health plans and health insurance issuers to cover certain preventive health services without cost sharing. Those services, because of agency guidelines and rules, would soon include contraception for women. The 'contraceptive coverage requirement,' or 'contraceptive mandate' as it came to be known, was heavily litigated in the years to follow. These challenges primarily concerned (1) what types of employers and institutions should be exempt from the requirement based on their religious or moral objections to contraception; (2) what procedures the government can require for an entity to invoke a religious-based accommodation; and (3) how much authority federal agencies have to create exceptions to the coverage requirement. As originally formulated, only houses of worship and similar entities were exempt from the requirement, but the government later added an accommodation process for certain religious nonprofit organizations."

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CRS Report for Congress, R45928
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2019-09-23
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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