Comments Submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services Regarding Religious Exemptions to Contraceptive Coverage, CMS-9931-NC

By
Elizabeth Boylan
September 20, 2016

Comments Submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services Regarding Religious Exemptions to Contraceptive Coverage

Access the letter submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services, here

Following the Supreme Court's decision to vacate and remand the cases in Zubik v. Burwell, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a request for information on alternative ways to accommodate religious nonprofits from compliance with the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), CMS-9931-NC. The following comment, from the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, explains that the ACA's existing religious accommodation complies with federal law, and that expanding the accommodation in a way that harms employees and their families would risk violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Further, this comment highlights the effects an overly-broad accommodation of religion would have on communities of color.

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