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Proposed Regulations Regarding Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under PPACA

The federal Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor (collectively, the ?Ç£Departments?Ç¥) issued proposed regulations (?Ç£Proposed Regulations?Ç¥) that were published on February 6, 2013.?á The Proposed Regulations amend rules previously enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended (?Ç£PPACA?Ç¥), which required coverage for certain preventive health services (?Ç£Prior Rules?Ç¥), including certain women?ÇÖs contraceptive services, without cost sharing under non-exempt, non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance coverage.?á The Proposed Regulations simplify the definition of ?Ç£religious employers,?Ç¥ which are exempt from the contraceptive coverage requirement, to generally mean churches, other houses of worship, and their affiliated organizations, regardless of the religious affiliation of their served communities or of their employees.?á The Proposed Regulations also create an accommodation for certain non-profit, religious ?Ç£eligible organizations,?Ç¥ whereby an eligible organization would not be required to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for any contraceptive coverage to which the eligible organization… Continue Reading

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