Agencies Request Comments on Contraception Coverage by Religious Affiliates

March 19, 2012


The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury on March 16 released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking announcing the intention to propose amendments to regulations regarding certain preventive health services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in relation to contraception coverage by religious affiliates.

The notice said the agencies intend to propose alternative ways to fulfill the requirements of section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act and companion provisions under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code when health coverage is sponsored or arranged by a religious organization that objects to coverage of contraceptive services for religious reasons and is not exempt under the final regulations published February 15, 2012.

The notice requests comments in advance of proposed rulemaking on the potential means of accommodating such organizations while ensuring contraceptive coverage for plan participants and beneficiaries covered under their plans without cost sharing.

Comments on the notice are due by June 19, 2012.

Contact Gretchen Young ( with any questions or comments on this issue.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

HHS News Release