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Ave Maria University drops student health insurance in response to HHS mandate

Catholic World News - May 25, 2012

Ave Maria University has announced that it will no longer offer a student insurance plan because of the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

“Recently our insurance carrier notified the University that it was required by PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] to pay all claims for ‘preventive care services’ regardless of the fact that they are specifically excluded in the Ave Maria group plan,” said Jim Towey, president of the Florida university. “The PPACA-required coverage of ‘preventive care services,’ such as abortion-inducing drugs, is an affront to our core values.”

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - May. 25, 2012 9:34 AM ET USA

    By doing this, Ave Maria will keep its hands clean, but it is merely shifting health-care costs to its students' families and leaving those families to deal with the federal mandate. Church institutions are going to have to do more than merely divest themselves of troubling expenses. Individuals have little to no power against a monolithic state. Catholics must either band together or be converted to secularist thinking one by one.

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