Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to the Finalization of the HHS Mandate

June 28, 2013

After almost two years and over 400,000 public comments, the government today finalized the HHS mandate. We have begun to review the 110-page final rule to determine whether or not it addresses our longstanding concerns.

Our review and analysis of the complex rule should help us answer important questions concerning who determines which institutions are religious and, therefore, exempt, who is forced to have this coverage, and who must provide it.

The new regulations are being closely studied and a more comprehensive statement will follow at a later date.

Chieko Noguchi
Secretariat for Communications
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