Sebelius Confident About Reaching Birth Control Compromise For Self-Insured Plans

The Obama administration’s health secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that she’s confident the final birth control rule will include an acceptable religious accommodation for self-insured plans, an important wrinkle in the adjusted rule.

Sebelius made her remarks at a House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee hearing, as reported by The Hill‘s Julian Pecquet.

“There are a variety of arrangements already in place in the 28 states that have this law already in place and we intend to be informed by that when we propose the rules,” she said. “Whether it’s through a third-party administrator or … a side-by-side plan or many other arrangements, we will offer a variety of strategies to make sure that religious liberties are respected.”

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