Obama administration officials say they are are accommodating charity hospitals, religious-affiliated universities, or other religious organizations when it comes to providing employees free contraception under the federal health-care law.
What does that accommodation mean? The policy going forward will be the insurance company -- NOT the hospital or charity -- will have the opportunity to reach out and offer contraception coverage, free of charge, if a religious-affiliated employer objects to providing this coverage.
Per a fact sheet being passed around:
Under the new policy announced today, women will have free preventive care that includes contraceptive services no matter where she works. The policy also ensures that if a woman works for religious employers with objections to providing contraceptive services as part of its health plan, the religious employer will not be required to provide contraception coverage but her insurance company will be required to offer contraceptive care free of charge.