A new healthcare rule proposed by the Obama administration this month has renewed worries among faith-based groups that the changing landscape under Obamacare will bring increased threats to conscience protections.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Aug. 1 a proposed mandate that all insurance plans must cover the entire cost of prescription contraceptives. This requirement includes coverage of controversial abortion drugs such as Ella and Plan B at no additional cost to the patient.
That means that private insurance providers and other customers on the plan would be forced to share the cost for procedures they may find morally objectionable. It also means that, combined with the new mandate to buy insurance, it essentially will be illegal for individuals to not pay for contraceptives.