CHA urges expanded religious exemption, says government must pay

Theresa Laurence | Catholic News Service
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WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Health Association, a major supporter of President Barack Obama's health reform law, is urging the government to expand its definition of religious employers who are exempt from the requirement to provide contraceptives and sterilization free of charge to their employees. In comments filed June 15 with the Department of Health and Human Services, the top three CHA officials also said the Obama administration should provide and pay for the contraceptives itself if it insists that they must be provided at no cost to women.

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