A trade group for Roman Catholic hospitals says the latest federal rules on birth control coverage are an improvement.
But the Catholic Health Association said Wednesday it won't make a final judgment until after canvassing its members.
Religious leaders have been seeking a broader exemption from the HHS requirement that employers provide insurance that covers contraception at no out-of-pocket cost to enrollees. HHS included the requirement under a preventive service provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Churches are exempt. The agency's latest compromise also creates a buffer between religious charities and birth control coverage.