President Trump recently issued an Executive Order instructing the Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies to “address conscience-based objections” to the preventive care mandate (also known as the HHS mandate or “contraceptive mandate”), in order to protect religious liberty.
The order follows a May 2016 ruling by the US Supreme Court that overturned lower court rulings against the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international Roman Catholic Organization which had been charged with failure to comply with the mandate.
Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price issued a statement in response to the Executive Order saying, “Religious liberty is our country’s first freedom. Americans of faith play a vital role in caring for our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly and the poor. We welcome today’s Executive Order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to reexamine the previous administration’s interpretation of the Affordable Care Act’s preventive services mandate, and commend President Trump for taking a strong stand for religious liberty. We will be taking action in short order to follow the President’s instruction to safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees.”
Read more about the Little Sister case as well as the Executive Order here.