Proposed rules issued Friday aim to resolve a controversy over mandatory employer coverage of birth control, sterilization and post-fertilization drugs by having insurers pick up the costs.
The rules seek to address religious objections of some employers to covering health services that violate their core beliefs by requiring insurance companies to cover the full cost of such services for qualifying organizations. Insurance companies that incur the cost of providing such coverage would receive a reduction in the fee they will pay for plans that are sold on coming federally run health insurance exchanges.
The proposed rules were issued by the Treasury, Labor and HHS departments.
“Today, the administration is taking the next step in providing women across the nation with coverage of recommended preventive care at no cost, while respecting religious concerns,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release. “We will continue to work with faith-based organizations, women's organizations, insurers and others to achieve these goals.”