For the second time in a year, the Obama administration has backtracked on its requirement to make religious institutions pay for contraception.
A new policy announced Friday further expanded the exemption to Obamacare: Women will still be able to get the same health benefits, but certain religious employers won’t have to pay for them. Instead, institutions that insure themselves can use a third-party to find a separate health insurance plan to pay for and provide the contraceptives.
Facing outrage from institutions that objected to the contraception requirement on moral grounds, the administration had already exempted some religious institutions — churches were always exempt — from requiring contraception coverage last year. Then, Obama exempted some religiously affiliated institutions, such as evangelical Christian schools or Catholic hospitals, from covering contraception in their plans, forcing insurers to offer free contraception to those employed by them.
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