Posts Tagged ‘Preventative Care’

HHS Gives Non-Profit Employers with Religious Objections An Additional Year to Cover Birth Control

January 23, 2012

Last August HHS revised the definition of preventative care that non-grandfathered plans must cover without cost-sharing to include all FDA approved forms of birth control.  The new definition is effective for plan years that begin on or after August 1, 2012.  The rule contained a very limited exemption for “religious employers”, such as churches, but did not include an exemption for  non-profit entities affiliated with religious organizations, such as Catholic hospitals. 

On Friday HHS announced that it was giving non-profit employers who currently do not cover birth control because of religious objections an additional year to comply with the new definition of preventative care services.  Therefore, non-grandfathered group health plans sponsored by non-profit employers affiliated with religious organizations who currently do not cover birth control because of religious beliefs will not have to cover birth control at 100% until their first plan year on or after August 1, 2013. 

A copy of HHS’ press release can be accessed at


New Preventative Care Services Added

August 1, 2011

Susan J. Freed

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added to the list of preventative care services that non-grandfathered health plans must cover at 100% without cost sharing by the participant.  These include items and services such as:

  • well-woman visits;
  • screening for gestational diabetes;
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older;
  • sexually-transmitted infection counseling;
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
  • FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling;
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; and
  • domestic violence screening and counseling.

The new requirements go into effect for plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012. For example, a plan that commences on January 1 will need to comply January 1, 2013.  The guidelines are available at

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