Microsoft Word Fact sheet on conscience protection in HCR.doc

Transcript

1 The Need for Conscience Protection There has been much debate about the need fo r abortion-related consci ence protection in the not limited to abortion s pose a threat to conscience that is pending health care bills. But the bill . 1. Current federal law permits, without fanfare, the accommodation of a wide range of religious and moral objections in the provisio n of health insurance and services . Currently, insurers are free under federal law to accommodate purchasers or plan sponsor s with moral or religious objections to certain services. Plans may, and currently do, accommodate those objections by allowing purchasers not to buy coverage for assisted suicide, gender change surgery, contraceptives, sterilizati on, in vitro fertilization, or other procedures that the purch aser or sponsor finds religiously or morally problematic. Likewise, federal law currently does not forbid insurers from excluding from their plans any services that the insurers themselves oppose on moral or religious grounds . Nor does federal law forbid a health benefits plan from accommodating the moral or religious object stitutional health care ions of individual or in ng with a plan. Indeed, th providers, or prevent such providers from contracti ese various freedoms have hardly been considered accommodati ons, because they have not been requests for exceptions to general rules, but simply decisions not to buy, or otherwise not to participate in, cove rage for the objectionable services. And these conscience-based decisions by some participants in the system happen daily and without incident. 2. The proposed healthcare bills would impose mandates to cover certain services, creating new risks of conflicts over conscience new alth plans to cover “essential . The current bills require he benefits.” The essential benefits, in turn, must include certain specifi ed categories, such as “ambulatory patient services,” “prescription drugs,” and “preventiv e” services. And within t hose categories, the bills designate an Executive Branch offici al to define what specific servic es plans must cover. Thus, any must be provided—regardless of item or service defined as “essential” any conscientious objection on The freedom that insurers, purchasers, and sponsors the part of the insurer, purchaser, or plan sponsor. currently enjoy under federal law to are not morally or religiously offer or purchase health plans that objectionable to them will be lost. In addition, in various ways, the bills give the Executive Branch the providers by health plans. H authority to regulate the selection of ealth plans may therefore be newly required to exclude providers because they have a particular procedures. conscientious objection to freedom of conscience that insurers, purchasers, 3. The final bill should be fixed to retain the sponsors, and providers curre ntly have under federal law . In light of these new mandates, Congress is faced with the question whether it will require those who wish to pa rticipate in the vital work of providing health care coverage and se rvices in America to violate their conscience as a condition of that no. The right to conscience protection derives from participation. The answer should be a resounding the dignity of the human person—it s hould not be limited to a particular procedure or religious group. Out of respect for this foundational principle, Congress should expressly declare in the final bill that it should not be construed to prohibit accommodations of conscience for those who participate in the delivery or coverage of health car e services. Such a protection woul d not amend any other federal law, burdens on or affect any state or loca only the new law from imposing new l law, but instead prevent conscience. This would not eff ect a sea change regarding consci ence protection, but instead would prevent one.

Related documents

U7112 UCARE CONNECT + MEDICARE PROVIDERDIR MAY 2019 DATA.sv

U7112 UCARE CONNECT + MEDICARE PROVIDERDIR MAY 2019 DATA.sv

UCare Connect + Medicare Provider and Pharmacy Directory Introduction This Provider and Pharmacy Directory includes information about the provider and pharmacy types in UCare Connect + Medicare and li...

More info »
u7112 connectplus directories 2019

u7112 connectplus directories 2019

UCare Connect + Medicare Provider and Pharmacy Directory Introduction This Provider and Pharmacy Directory includes information about the provider and pharmacy types in UCare Connect + Medicare and li...

More info »
CFOC4 pdf  FINAL

CFOC4 pdf FINAL

National Health and Safety Performance Standards • Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 4th Edition Caring for Our Children Caring for Our Children Caring for Our National Health and Safe...

More info »
G:\COMP\PHSA\PHSA.bel

G:\COMP\PHSA\PHSA.bel

G:\COMP\PHSA\PHSA-MERGED.XML PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT [As Amended Through P.L. 115–408, Enacted December 31, 2018] References in brackets ¿ ø¿ ø are to title 42, United States Code TITLE I—SHORT TITL...

More info »
CFOC3 updated final

CFOC3 updated final

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition A Joint Collaborative Project of American Academy of Pediatri...

More info »
MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.16 October 2018

MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.16 October 2018

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument 3.0 User’s Manual Version 1.16 October 2018

More info »
IOM Dying in America

IOM Dying in America

This PDF is available from The National Academies Press at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18748 Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life C...

More info »
ppacacon

ppacacon

111 TH C ONGRESS " ! LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL P RINT 111–1 2d Session COMPILATION OF PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT [As Amended Through May 1, 2010] INCLUDING P ATIENT P ROTECTION AND A FFORDAB...

More info »
quality cancer care

quality cancer care

This PDF is available from The National Academies Press at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18359 Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis Laura Levit,...

More info »
Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Evaluation: Year 5 Project Synthesis Volume 1: Cross Cutting Findings

Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Evaluation: Year 5 Project Synthesis Volume 1: Cross Cutting Findings

g Star t f or Mothe rs and Newbor ns Evaluation: Stron YNTHESIS ROJECT S AR 5 P YE Volume 1 indings -Cutting F ross : C Prepared for: ss Caitlin Cro -Barnet Center fo HS nd Medicaid Innovation, DH r M...

More info »
Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century

Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS This PDF is available at http://nap.edu/10027 SHARE     Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century DETAILS 360 pages | 6 x 9 | HARDBACK ISBN ...

More info »
mar19 medpac entirereport sec

mar19 medpac entirereport sec

MARCH 2019 Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy REPOR G RESS T TO THE CON Medicare Payment Policy | March 2019 Washington, DC 20001 425 I Street, NW • Suite 701 • (202) 220-3700 • Fax: (202...

More info »
jun18 medpacreporttocongress sec

jun18 medpacreporttocongress sec

JUNE 2018 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System T TO THE CON REPOR G RESS Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System | June 2018 Washington, DC 20001 Suite 701 • 425 I...

More info »
Diagnosis Related Groups in Europe

Diagnosis Related Groups in Europe

Diagnosis Related Groups...pb24.5_Diagnosis Related Groups...pb24.5 23/10/2011 11:32 Page 1 European on Health Systems and Policies Series Observatory Diagnosis-Related Groups in Diagnosis-Related Gro...

More info »
Implementation Handbook For The Convention On The Rights Of The Child

Implementation Handbook For The Convention On The Rights Of The Child

IMPLEMENTATION HANDBOOK FOR THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD FULLY REVISED THIRD EDITION IMPLEMENTATION HANDBOOK IMPLEMENTATION HANDBOOK FOR THE CONVENTION ON THE FOR THE CONVENTION ON THE RI...

More info »
Microsoft Word   Final Report Draft 10 063016 1700.doc

Microsoft Word Final Report Draft 10 063016 1700.doc

Commission on Care Final Report June 30, 2016

More info »
DoD7045.7H

DoD7045.7H

DoD 7045.7-H EPARTMENT OF D EFENSE D F UTURE Y EARS D EFENSE P ROGRAM (FYDP) S TRUCTURE Codes and Definitions for All DoD Components Office of the Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation A pril 2004

More info »
CCHP 50 State Report Fall 2018

CCHP 50 State Report Fall 2018

FALL 2018 STATE TELEHEALTH LAWS & REIMBURSEMENT POLICIES A COMPREHENSIVE SCAN OF THE 50 STATES & THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA © 2018 Public Health Institute / Center for Connected Health Policy

More info »
untitled

untitled

Provider e-Manual

More info »