Pro-abortion and birth control protesters demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in this June 30, 2014 file photo. Credit: JONATHAN ERNST | REUTERS

The Obama administration finalized rules on Friday that will allow women who work for certain religious nonprofits and corporations to still receive coverage for birth control, even if their employers are opposed to it.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ final regulations require nonprofit religiously affiliated organizations — such as hospitals — and closely held private corporations to notify the federal government of their objections to contraceptives coverage.

The government will then notify their insurer or third-party health plan administrators — who then become responsible for providing the coverage to the employee at no cost to the employer.

The U.S. Supreme Court recommended such an approach in its Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision in June 2014. That decision ended an earlier requirement that family-owned private companies had to arrange for their employees’ contraceptive coverage, even if they objected on religious grounds.

To see how you or a loved one will fare under the new regulations, see the Kaiser Family Foundation infographic below. Click on it for a larger version.

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Credit: Pew Research Center

Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on issues of sexual...