Administration Moves Toward New Rule on Contraceptives

The Obama administration on Friday moved to enact new rules that help ensure contraception coverage for employees of certain companies that have religious objections to birth control.

The new rule would seek to isolate the employers from the coverage they found morally objectionable. They’d be able to notify the government of their objections, which in turn would notify the insurance companies and order them to provide the coverage at no cost.

Without the change, the religious-minded employers have to contact the insurance companies directly.

It was unclear if the new approach would avert legal challenges.

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