Notre Dame to allow no-cost contraceptive coverage for employees

(photo courtesy Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (WNDU) The University of Notre Dame will allow no-cost contraceptive coverage to be available to employees through a plan that will be administered and funded independently of the university.

The school had previously announced that coverage would end following President Donald Trump's decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act rule that requires employers to offer birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.

Notre Dame previously offered coverage through a third party, which allowed the university to meet the requirement while maintaining its religious opposition to contraceptives.

The university said at the time that its medical plan would cover contraceptives if they were used to treat a specific medical condition and not as a method to prevent pregnancy.

On Tuesday, Notre Dame announced that Meritain Health/OptumRx will continue to provide contraceptives at no charge to plan members or to the university.

"The University of Notre Dame, as a Catholic institution, follows Catholic teaching about the use of contraceptives and engaged in the recent lawsuit to protect its freedom to act in accord with its principles," the university said in an email to employees. "Recognizing, however, the plurality of religious and other convictions among its employees, it will not interfere with the provision of contraceptives that will be administered and funded independently of the University.

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