Obama administration 'confident' it can find birth-control compromise for self-insured plans

"Whether it's through a third-party administrator or … a side-by-side plan or many other arrangements, we will offer a variety of strategies to make sure that religious liberties are respected."

Critics doubt those solutions will work. 

The conservative Heritage Foundation, for example, says self-insured plans often use third-party administrators to handle enrollment, claims and other tasks, but are "legally prevented from offering insurance plans without first obtaining regulatory approval as an insurance company." So, argues health expert Edmund Haislmaier, "if the administration tries to say that, in the case of self-insured plans, the responsibility to provide contraception will fall on the TPA instead, that won't work either."