The HHS Mandate is a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” that requires group health insurance plans to provide coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptives, including some that are abortifacients such as Plan B (the “day after pill”) and Ella (the “week after pill”).
Every organization that is not a church or a denomination that either has more than fifty employees or that has fewer than fifty employees but nevertheless provides group health insurance must follow the HHS Mandate and provide health insurance coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptives, including the abortifacients.
No. The HHS Mandate only exempts churches, church denominations, and church auxiliaries. There is no exemption to the HHS Mandate for any other ministry or religious non-profit. The HHS Mandate does include a so-called “accommodation” for ministries and religious non-profits that are opposed to funding abortifacients, but the “accommodation” has severe problems.
The HHS Mandate’s “accommodation” has several problems that affect organizations’ religious liberty rights. A non-profit that accepts the “accommodation”: