Wheaton College has announced that it will no longer offer health insurance to students. The Evangelical Protestant institution, located in the Chicago area, said it is making a stand against a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring health plans to cover birth control.
HHS has required plan sponsors to put birth control benefits in the basic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) preventive services benefits package.
Currently, Wheaton provides insurance for a quarter of its 3,000 students, according to the Chicago Tribune. The college will not drop group health coverage for employees.
Wheaton has been one of a number of organizations, most notably retail giant Hobby Lobby, that have argued that the HHS contraception mandate violates their freedom of conscience. Although the college, like many Protestant institutions, does not object to all forms of birth control, it rejects certain types of contraception that it considers to be abortion, such as the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices.
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