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White House sticking to contraception plan

Monday, February 13, 2012

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama will not make any more changes to the rule announced last week requiring health insurance plans to provide women with coverage for contraception, although U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have said it violates the Church's religious principles.

"We put out the plan that reflects where the president intended to go. This is our plan," White House chief of staff Jacob Lew said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Lew said no religious organization will be required to pay for or facilitate the coverage that it disagrees with since the insurance companies are the ones who will pay.

Asked what incentive insurance companies would have to provide contraception, Lew - Obama's budget director until last month - said it would be cost effective just like other preventive healthcare coverage.

For Full Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/12/us-usa-contraceptives-idUSTRE8181MX20120212