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HHS/CMS RIN: 0938-AT54 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act (CMS-9940-F2) 
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 and moral convictions. These final rules expand exemptions to protect religious beliefs 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 regulatory recognized objection exists. These rules also leave the accommodation process in place as an optional process for certain exempt entities that wish to use it voluntarily.

 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously 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
Final Action  10/00/2018 
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: Previously reported as 0938-AT20  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