College sought exemption from contraception mandate while already covering it

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Christian school Wheaton College hit a speed bump while requesting an exemption from the Obamacare mandate that they include contraception in their health care coverage: they already were covering it.

In order to be eligible for a temporary reprieve from the contraception coverage mandate, institutions must first certify they were not already providing the required coverage before the mandate came into effect. But according to the Huffington Post, Wheaton failed to meet that requirement. Though the school missed the legal cutoff for eliminating contraception from their coverage, they’re still seeking a temporary exemption.

In the request to the Federal judge, Wheaton’s attorneys wrote that the school “otherwise faces the imminent prospect of irreparable harm to its religious freedom, its integrity, and its employees’ well-being.” 

“Which of course were all fine when the college was happily providing birth control coverage,” The Rachel Maddow Show host Rachel Maddow said Monday night. “But now they’re all threatened because … Did I mention how irreparable the harm is here? Obamacare! The boogeyman!”

Wheaton is one of several religious organizations to sue the Obama administration over the birth control mandate.

 

College sought exemption from contraception mandate while already covering it

Updated