By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 07/17/14 04:40 PM EDT
Democratic senators on Thursday proposed a bill that would require employers to tell prospective and current workers whether they provide free birth control coverage.
The Preventive Care Coverage Notification Act, sponsored by Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinOpioid package clears key Senate hurdle Overnight Healthcare: Feds defend ObamaCare's affordability DNC chief spared in Sanders-Clinton talks: report MORE (D-Ill.) and Mark BegichMark BegichSenate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Alaska), would require the government to develop standards that would require businesses to tell workers whether they offer contraception coverage in their health plans.
The legislation specifically says companies should disclose what services guaranteed under the law they won’t cover, including contraception. It does not apply, however, to religious employers and other nonprofit religious organizations that have received an exemption or accommodation for their coverage limitations.
The bill is in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling that some “closely held” for-profit companies, such as Hobby Lobby, cannot be required to provide free contraception coverage if it violates their religious beliefs.
The bill would retroactively apply to businesses starting on July 1.