Home About the HHS Mandate On January 20, 2012 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, unveiled a new policy which has come to be known at the “HHS Mandate.” The new Mandate would requiring nearly all private health insurance plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, surgical sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs—drugs that interfere with implantation in the womb and therefore destroy the life of a human being in the earliest stage of development.This Mandate is the result of Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” passed in 2010.

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This Mandate is unprecedented in federal law, and broader than any state contraception mandate to date.

Never has federal law required private health plans to cover sterilization or contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs.

And, as compared to state mandates, the HHS Mandate is the most expansive ever enacted.

[Back to Top of Page] The HHS Mandate provides an exemption for “religious employers” who may object to contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, but this exemption is so narrow that it fails to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities, and service organizations that help millions every year.

Religious employers are exempt only if their purpose is to inculcate religious doctrine, they hire they qualify as a church or religious order according to a very narrow definition in the tax code.

Most religious institutions providing health, educational or charitable services to others have no protection.

HHS claims this exemption is like those enacted by most states that have a contraceptive coverage Mandate, but that is false.

Referring the details of these “preventive” services to the IOM was apparently intended to provide an appearance of scientific objectivity to the enactment of the HHS Mandate.

However, Research conducted by Human Life International has revealed that every member of the IOM committee heavily biased in favor of legalized abortion—some with direct ties to abortion advocacy groups.