Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act. Final rules

Fed Regist. 2018 Nov 15;83(221):57536-90.


These rules finalize, with changes based on public comments, interim final rules concerning religious exemptions and accommodations regarding coverage of certain preventive services issued in the Federal Register on October 13, 2017. These rules expand exemptions to protect religious beliefs for certain entities and individuals whose health plans are subject to a mandate of contraceptive coverage through guidance issued pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. These rules do not alter the discretion of the Health Resources and Services Administration, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to maintain the guidelines requiring contraceptive coverage where no regulatorily recognized objection exists. These rules also leave in place an "accommodation" process as an optional process for certain exempt entities that wish to use it voluntarily. These rules do not alter multiple other federal programs that provide free or subsidized contraceptives for women at risk of unintended pregnancy.

MeSH terms

  • Contraception / economics*
  • Humans
  • Insurance Coverage / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Preventive Health Services
  • Religion*
  • United States