The University of Notre Dame is taking advantage of new rules to rescind contraceptive coverage.
Indiana Media reported on Friday that Notre Dame notified students and employees that birth control will no longer be covered under upcoming insurance plans. The decision comes after the Department of Health and Human Services issued two new rules allowing businesses to claim a religious or moral objection to opt-out of providing birth control coverage.
Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to have contraceptive coverage. Notre Dame is affiliated with the Catholic Church, which prohibits the use of all modern contraception and previously complied with the law by using a third-party service to provide students and employees with no-cost birth control.
The New York Times reports, the university sued for the right to not offer birth control coverage at all and in 2015 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the university had to comply with the mandate.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the Trump administration over the new rules with a Notre Dame Law student named as a plaintiff.
“The Trump Administration Policy allows Notre Dame to declare a wholesale exemption and to not even allow their insurance company to provide the coverage, so we anticipated that Notre Dame would be revoking contraception coverage if given the opportunity,” says Brigitte Amiri, an attorney with ACLU’s reproductive freedom project according to Indiana Public Media.
Even though the university will not have standard contraceptive coverage, Amiri says the university will still provide contraceptives as a treatment for other medical problems – the same as before the Affordable Care Act.
Birth control coverage for Notre Dame faculty and staff ends December 31. For students, the coverage ends August 14, 2018.