Administration announces change to contraception mandate
James Rosen reports from Washington
- Duration 3:50
- Date Feb 1, 2013
James Rosen reports from Washington
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-- -- -- -- coming out of Washington concerning that new health care -- -- the Obama administration announcing some very big changes for the birth control coverage.
For employees at some religious organizations.
Trying to work out the details here White House spokesman Jay Carney just asked about this change minutes ago.
In the White House briefing take a listen.
And another topic.
The birth control -- -- there's -- recognition.
Initial we'll look forward for an overreach.
No no not at all the -- for details about the rule making process which.
On which there is news today from HHS I refer you to HHS.
I would remind you however.
Of the policy that the president outlined last year.
Andy and how money he said two important criteria one.
We had to ensure that women have access to preventive services like contraception.
And -- the policy also respects religious beliefs.
The those guidelines those criteria have been followed by.
The department in promulgating this rule this proposed rule.
And as part of that process there's there's more comment that will be taken on but for details for you HHS.
Back -- the song mean James Rosen is with us our chief Washington correspondent this breaking news just this hour James what are some of the big points that we need to take away from.
Well on its face -- this would appear to be a dramatic post election reversal by the Obama administration on an issue that marked a flash point.
In the early electoral cycle last year in which by most accounts helped the Obama Biden campaign galvanized voters but there's more to -- -- that.
Under the new rules being proposed by health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Nonprofit employers with a religious affiliations such as Catholic hospitals and colleges.
Will be able to opt out of the administration's obamacare mandate.
That ensures that all women have free access to contraception through their employers health care plans.
It'll now be up to the -- -- these rules go through not to the faith based nonprofit.
To provide this coverage at no cost to the employer -- to the female employee.
In the case of self insured and student health plans the religious nonprofit.
Will notify what's known as a third party administrator.
And that administrator in turn will work with and -- to -- -- no cost contraceptive coverage through separate individual health insurance policies.
Quote today secretary Sebelius said in a statement issued a short time ago.
The administration is taking the next step in providing women across the nation with coverage of recommended preventive care at no cost.
While respecting religious concerns we will continues to -- is -- to work with faith based organizations women's organizations insurers and others to achieve these goals.
You -- -- this issue vaulted to front page news about a year ago at that time activist law student Sandra -- became a call celeb.
One house Republicans blocked her from testifying on the issue and radio host Rush Limbaugh attacked her on his program.
That it all followed HHS is original announcement that all employers even faith based wants.
Would have to provide contraceptive coverage to female employees many organizations and companies with Christian -- sued over the mandate.
Now here's one really important note on this -- This proposed rule change will apparently not apply to private sector companies.
That are owned and operated by people with a religious objections to this mandate so companies like hobby lobby for example one of the litigants.
Would still be obligated to provide this coverage at least until such time.
As the US Supreme Court weighs in on this controversial -- -- Changes -- we knew this year was going to be a lot about figuring out the details and how they're gonna be applied in real life situations so we're witnessing in this process and we'll continue to gather details about how it will practically be applied Jane thank you.