A contraceptive mandate is a government regulation or law that requires health insurers, or employers that provide their employees with health insurance, to cover some contraceptive costs in their health insurance plans.
In 1978, the United States Congress made it clear that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy was discrimination on the basis of sex.
Although initially more supportive, Sister Carol Keehan, CEO of the CHA, registered opposition in a five-page letter to the U. Mary's University, Stuart Swetland, said, "It shows [Obama] and the administration are listening to our concerns", but reserved the right to "examine the details".
All forms of male birth control are exempt from mandatory coverage under the ACA and the "Obama Care Facts" page explicitly states that "Plans aren’t required to cover services related to a man’s reproductive capacity, like vasectomies." Cardinal Timothy M.
Regulations were issued on March 16, 2012 for employees of enterprises controlled by religious institutions which self insure.
Further regulations were issued on March 16, 2012 which require coverage for students at institutions controlled by religious organizations which purchase insurance.
The Guttmacher Institute noted that even before the federal mandate was implemented, twenty-eight states had their own mandates that required health insurance to cover the prescription contraceptives, but the federal mandate innovated by forbidding insurance companies from charging part of the cost to the patient.
Mandates on contraceptives in school have faced opposition from special interest groups, who fear that providing contraceptives to students will increase sexual activity.