Resources: The HHS Mandate

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What’s going on?

In 2009, President Obama signed into law The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA). With the authority granted it under the ACA, The U.S. Department of Heath & Human Services (HHS) has mandated that all government approved health plans cover FDA-approved contraception, including abortion-causing drugs.

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court decision to uphold PPACA leaves the authority of HHS and the mandate intact.

In the instances of for-profit employers this requirement began for benefit plan years beginning on or after August 1, 2012. For non-profits the mandate kicks in for benefit plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Your church or religious institution or other non-profit may be affected.

Why does this matter?

This is not about contraceptives. Most Southern Baptists accept the use of non-abortive contraceptives within marriage. The HHS mandate, however, requires that all insurance plans make available abortion-causing products. This means 3 things for employers, including religious organizations:

  1. Employers are required to provide insurance plans that violate their religious beliefs and
  2. Either the employers or the employees will be required to pay for these products through their premium payments.
  3. Privately owned businesses must comply with the mandate on any plan beginning on or after August 1, 2012, regardless the religious convictions of the owners.
    1. Evidence: Multiple lawsuits filed by for-profit companies including Tyndale Publishers, Hobby Lobby, an HVAC manufacturer and a lumber company.

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