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[Official Guidance]

Text of Agency ACA FAQs, Part 36: Religious Accommodation in Response to Zubik v. Burwell (PDF)
11 pages. "On July 22, 2016, the [DOL, HHS and Treasury Department] published a request for information (RFI) seeking input from interested parties to determine, as contemplated by the Supreme Court's opinion in Zubik, whether modifications to the existing accommodation procedure could resolve the objections asserted by the plaintiffs in the pending RFRA cases, while still ensuring that the affected women receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.... [T]he Departments received over 54,000 public comments ...

[Question:] Are the Departments making changes to the accommodation at this time? [Answer:] No. As described in more detail [in this document], the comments ... indicate that no feasible approach has been identified at this time that would resolve the concerns of religious objectors, while still ensuring that the affected women receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.... As the government explained in its briefs in Zubik, the Departments continue to believe that the existing accommodation regulations are consistent with RFRA[.]"
U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]; U.S. Department of the Treasury; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS]

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