Today, Wheaton College will discontinue supplying student medical insurance to avoid Coverage of Birth Control.
Weaton College, an Evangelical College, refuse — for spiritual reasons — to abide by the contraception provisions mandated under the Affordable Care Act, the choice was made by officials at the evangelical Christian liberal arts school in the suburbs west of Chicago, reports Crain's Chicago Business.
Students health insurance expires today, July the 31. Students seeking medical insurance choices for the 2015/16 school year must find their health insurance coverage at private insurance companies or to HealthCare.gov, the national Obamacare exchange, for coverage.
“We regret that we were unable to provide earlier notice of this important change, which changes for about a quarter of our students ” Paul Chelsen, Wheaton's vice president for student development, wrote in a July 22 statement got by Crain's. “The school is considering all of its own alternatives and certainly will learn more about the chance of again offering a student medical insurance plan in the future if conditions permit us to do so in good conscience.”
The evangelical school was affected in major legal action against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
On July 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit refused Wheaton's request for a preliminary injunction.
The decision to end Wheaton’s student insurance program appears to be related to this denial.
The Obamacare birth control mandate initially required companies to supply workers at no price with 20 kinds of contraception, but the government offered a lodging in response to outcry from religious companies that oppose specific forms of birth control.
The Supreme Court chose Obamcare competitors' side in preceding cases, causing the Obama government to back off its mandate that was prized. Nevertheless, other spiritual schools and Wheaton have remained unsatisfied. The genuine litigation against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is still pending.
Heidi Stevens, a Chicago Tribune columnist, criticized the determination to cancel all student insurance of Wheaton.
“I ‘d contend, it is a breach of the trust” which “Students as well as their parents put in Wheaton College when they decided to invest their time plus money there,” Stevens, who holds a prestigious bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University, wrote.
U.S. News ranks Wheaton College as America's 56th-best national liberal arts school.
Wheaton's slogan is “For Christ and His Kingdom.”