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HHS/CMS RIN: 0938-AT46 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: ●Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act (CMS-9925-IFC) 
Abstract:

The United States has a long history of providing conscience protections in the regulation of health care for entities and individuals with objections based on religious beliefs or moral convictions. These interim final rules expand exemptions to protect moral convictions for certain entities and individuals whose health plans are subject to a mandate of contraceptive coverage through guidance issued pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  These rules do not alter the discretion of the Health Resources and Services Administration, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to maintain the guidelines requiring contraceptive coverage where no regulatorily recognized objection exists. These rules also provide certain morally objecting entities access to the voluntary accommodation process regarding such coverage. These rules do not alter multiple other Federal programs that provide free or subsidized contraceptives for women at risk of unintended pregnancy.

 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 147   
Legal Authority: Pub L 111-148, title I   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/13/2017  82 FR 47838   
Interim Final Rule Effective  10/06/2017 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  12/05/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1545-BN91, Related to 1210-AB84  Related Agencies: Joint: TREAS/IRS, DOL/EBSA; 
Agency Contact:
Jeff Wu
Health Insurance Specialist
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, MS: 733H.02, 7500 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone:301 492-4305
Email: jeff.wu@cms.hhs.gov