'Obamacare' Roundup: Contraception Mandate, 'Grandfathered Plans' Face Challenges In 2013

A roundup of news on some of the challenges the health law's provisions face in the new year.

Politico: Department Of Justice: Put A Hold On Contraception Suits
There's no reason to try legal challenges to the contraception mandate brought by religious employers who are now protected from it until HHS decides how it will try to accommodate them, government lawyers told federal appellate court judges Friday. Arguing in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Department of Justice attorney Adam Jed said Health and Human Services will release a proposed rule on the contraception accommodation in the first three months of 2013 and finalize it by August (Norman, 12/17).

Kaiser Health News: FAQ: Grandfathered Health Plans
If you get your insurance from your employer, there’s a very good chance that you are in a 'grandfathered plan' and that means some of the changes do not affect you -- yet. ... consumers should know the status of their plans since that may determine whether they are eligible for certain protections and benefits created by the health law (Barr, 12/16).

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