Reader Annette wrote to ask whether Congressional health plans cover contraception. Good question. According to the bracingly accurate FactCheck.org, our representatives in Washington pick their insurance from the same system used by all other federal employees. And, according to the more accurate Guttmacher Institute [pdf], this insurance covers contraception:
Additionally, federal law requires insurance coverage of contraceptives for federal employees and their dependents; it includes a limited but seldom used exception for religious insurers. In December 2000, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made it clear that an employer’s failure to provide coverage of contraception, when it covers other prescription drugs and preventive care, is a violation of protections against sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; those protections for employees’ benefits include no exemption for religious employers.
In other words, for a dozen years, every Member of Congress has probably purchased contraception coverage, and it’s been mandated by the EEOC of all employers who provide insurance, yet for some reason, the Bishops have decided to freak out about it now. Perhaps some journalist will ask some of those freaking out, like Marco Rubio, if he’s on a federal plan that includes contraception, and if he’s willing to follow his own advice:
If an employee asks for birth control, that worker could pay for it themselves or choose to work elsewhere.