Health Care Reform Update

March 16, 2012

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Update on Religious Employer Exemption and Enforcement Safe Harbor for Contraceptives

New rules for evidence-informed preventive care and screening in the Affordable Care Act, or health care reform law, are required for nongrandfathered health plans and for grandfathered health plans that have adopted the health care reform preventive care benefits. These new requirements include covering prescribed FDA-approved contraceptives, including permanent contraception achieved through sterilization procedures.


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