By The Hill Staff - 06/07/12 11:52 PM EDT
Public comment periods are closing soon for the following proposed rules:
• The Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury departments have published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking that would create “alternative ways to fulfill [contraceptive requirements] when health coverage is sponsored or arranged by [certain employers.]” The rule would apply to “a religious organization that objects to the coverage of contraceptive services for religious reasons” for religious employers “not currently exempt under the final regulations.” The departments are requesting comment “on the potential means of accommodating such organizations while ensuring contraceptive coverage for plan participants and beneficiaries covered under their plans ... without cost sharing.” All comments, including those on how to define a “religious organization,” should be submitted by June 19.
• The Food and Nutrition Service has created a proposed rule that would alter the renewal and review process for groups involved in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides healthy meals and snacks. The rule, which implements the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, would allow daycare centers to “annually confirm that the institution is in compliance with the licensing requirements” and submit additional information as needed instead of reapplying for the program entirely. The Food and Nutrition Service is requesting that all comments be submitted through June 8.