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28 states already require birth control coverage - why the uproar now?

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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 I was not aware 28 states already have mandatory birth control coverage laws in place - just heard this on MSNBC.  Supposedly, they don't even have the religious exemptions that the federal law carries.  So what is different about the new law?

(I don't know which states, looking it up now)

2 days ago

O’Malley: ‘Too much hyperventilating’ over contraception controversy

(CNN) - Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland said Sunday that critics of a new federal health policy are overreacting to a statute that requires religious institutions to pay for contraceptives in their health insurance plans.

“There has been a little bit too much hyperventilating over this issue,” O’Malley said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy stirred an outcry this week, as it requires all employers - including religious institutions - to cover contraceptives such as the birth control pill and the so-called Plan B pill.

While churches are exempt, hospitals and schools with religious affiliations must comply. The new policy goes into effect on August 1, but religious groups will have a year-long extension to enforce the rule.

Catholics, whose teaching opposes abortion and the use of contraceptives, have especially railed against the plan.

Several Catholic clergy members have denounced the policy from the pulpit, while on the campaign trail, Newt Gingrich used it as a heavy attack line against President Barack Obama, saying the president has “declared war on religious freedom.”

But O’Malley, who identified himself as a Catholic, noted Sunday that 28 states already enforce such a policy.

“This is not about abortion, it's about covering contraception as part of the health care coverage - mandatory basic coverage,” O’Malley told CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

He noted some European states with high Catholic populations have also mandated the coverage.

“These same rules apply in countries like Italy, which have overwhelming numbers of Catholics, and yet we did not see the reaction in those countries to these sorts of things,” he said.

The White House stood by the policy this week after House Speaker John Boehner said it violated the Constitution.

“This decision was made after very careful consideration of the legal and policy points and we believe it strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious beliefs and approving access to services,” a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call Thursday afternoon.

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who also appeared on the CNN program, argued the policy was a “great expansion of federal government” and disrespected “individual religious views.”

Saying the policy would lead to “visceral negative reaction” against the Obama administration, McDonnell suggested more Catholic voters may swing to the GOP in November’s presidential election in response to the new policy.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/05/omalley-too-much-hyperventilating-over-contraception-controversy/

by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:55 PM
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 ELECTION YEAR

and their PROSPECTS suck a$$


punky3175
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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I kept seeing this but didn't do too much digging (too durn busy at work) but I'm glad you posted.  It'll be interesting to see where this goes (what people here will say about it.)

rfurlongg
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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Our state (TX) has required this for some time.
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im23vaughn
by Silver Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:06 PM
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Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 ELECTION YEAR

and their PROSPECTS suck a$$


sidesplittinglaughter They sure do!!

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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28 states require insurers that cover prescription drugs to provide coverage of the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and devices; 17 of these states also require coverage of related outpatient services.

2 states exclude emergency contraception from the required coverage.

1 state excludes minor dependents from coverage.

 

20 states allow certain employers and insurers to refuse to comply with the mandate. 8 states have no such provision that permits refusal by some employers or insurers.

4 states include a "limited" refusal clause that allows only churches and church associations to refuse to provide coverage, and does not permit hospitals or other entities to do so.

7 states include a "broader" refusal clause that allows churches, associations of churches, religiously affiliated elementary and secondary schools, and, potentially, some religious charities and universities to refuse, but not hospitals.

8 states include an "expansive" refusal clause that allows religious organizations, including at least some hospitals, to refuse to provide coverage; 2 of these states also exempt secular organizations with moral or religious objections. (An additional state, Nevada, does not exempt any employers but allows religious insurers to refuse to provide coverage; 2 other states exempt insurers in addition to employers.)

14 of the 20 states with exemptions require employees to be notified when their health plan does not cover contraceptives.

4 states attempt to provide access for employees when their employer refuses to offer contraceptive coverage, generally by allowing employees to purchase the coverage on their own, but at the group rate.

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Deleware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mass., Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_ICC.pdf

punky3175
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

BUMP!

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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Interesting.

 

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Elections, obviously.

SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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Because it's at the federal level when this sort of thing belongs at the state level.

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

 

Quoting SewingMamaLele:

Because it's at the federal level when this sort of thing belongs at the state level.

 Seriously?  That is the only issue?

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