U.S. sets birth control rule for employers with religious ties

WASHINGTON | Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:32am EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday issued its final rule requiring health insurance coverage of contraceptives for the employees of faith-affiliated universities, hospitals and other institutions.

Officials said the rule does not differ substantially from a proposed version released earlier this year that sought to insulate employers that oppose birth control on religious grounds by providing the benefits to their workers without out-of-pocket costs through outside plans funded by insurers.

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