NHeLP Comments on Coverage of Contraceptive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

Executive Summary

Section 2713(a)(4) of the Public Health Service Act, and its implementing regulations, make access to contraception possible by ensuring that health plans in the individual and small group markets adequately cover contraception without cost-sharing—cost-sharing that would otherwise reduce use of this necessary service. In our comments, NHeLP strongly supports rescission of the moral exemption, and objects to the sweeping religious exemption. We also generally support both the newly proposed Individual Contraceptive Arrangement and the Departments’ ongoing enforcement, and urge them to put significant energy and resources into all aspects of implementation.

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