Who Qualifies Under New 'Simplified' Contraceptive Mandate Exemptions?

(UPDATED) The contraception mandate has been postponed until January 2015, but that could mean trouble for business owners with pending lawsuits.

Update (July 3): The Obama Administration announced yesterday that it is postponing the requirement that employers provide access to contraception for female employees under the Affordable Care Act. As a result of the new, one-year extension, the provision now will take effect in January 2015.

And while some business owners would consider that good news in the short run, Howard Friedman of Religion Clause notes that it could raise "the question of whether any of the numerous small business lawsuits objecting on religious freedom grounds to complying with the contraceptive coverage mandate might be dismissed on ripeness grounds."

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The Obama Administration has finalized its policies on exemptions for religious employers who object to providing contraception coverage in employee health plans.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

The final rules...lay out the accommodation for other non-profit religious organizations—such as non-profit ...
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