In Texas, Reactions to Birth Control Compromise Mixed

In Texas, reactions to a new federal rule requiring many employers — including religiously affiliated hospitals and universities — to provide contraception coverage in employee health plans were vehement, and mixed. 

A compromise President Obama offered Friday that allows religious organizations, not just churches, to opt out of the contraception coverage requirement has yielded a similar response. The most controversial element? It requires third-party health insurers to provide birth control for women who elect not to join their employer’s health plan.  

Seton Healthcare Family, a major nonprofit Texas hospital system that provides health care to 1.8 million people ...

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