The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), the United States’ controversial health care coverage act, requires group health plans and insurers to cover preventive care and screenings for women. Under the related regulations, this coverage includes government-approved contraceptive methods, but the group health plan of a religious employer may be exempt from providing such coverage or granted an accommodation to avoid paying for such coverage. A for-profit employer with religious objections tested this contraceptive mandate in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and in 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the mandate substantially burdened the exercise of the employer’s religion and … Continue Reading
The Affordable Care Act (ACA)—or “Obamacare”—has gotten plenty of attention due to technical glitches with the HealthCare.gov website, consumers’ difficulties obtaining (or keeping) insurance through the exchanges, and Health Secretary Sibelius’s recent resignation.
But some notable provisions of the ACA have gone largely unremarked—particularly an amendment to Title 29 of the U.S. Code.
Added by the ACA, § 218c of Title 29 not only protects employees who receive ACA healthcare credits or subsidies, it also shields employees who:
- report violations of “this title”;
- testify, assist, or participate in a related proceeding; or
- object to or refuse to participate in violations