October 2011

CHI Submits Contraceptive Services Comment Letter to CMS

CHI has submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on federal mandates for contraceptive services in group health insurance plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

CHI believes that CMS’ proposed “religious employer” exemption is inadequate, as the current definition of “religious employer” would not exclude Catholic hospitals and health care providers from the federal mandate. The comment letter urges CMS to broaden the exemption and protect conscience rights. CHI is also developing comments for other health care reform-related regulations.