Religious Discrimination Policy Enhancements Proposed

Federal health officials post a rulemaking notice to restore conscience complaint process.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last week, resubmitting updates to their conscience complaint process for religious discrimination.

The department’s Office of Civil Rights issued similar regulations in 2019 to update the filing and enforcement of religious discrimination complaints. However, the changes were struck down by three federal court districts. This new proposal is intended to comply with the concerns of the courts while still updating their current complaint system.

“No one should be discriminated against because of their religious or moral beliefs, especially when they are seeking or providing care,” said Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The proposed rule strengthens protections for people with religious or moral objections while also ensuring access to care for all in keeping with the law.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Becerra to be led by the Lord as he proposes the rule to reduce religious discrimination.
  • For individuals and professionals who will respond to the rulemaking notice and provide feedback.
  • For the president and his administration as they address various types of discrimination.

Sources: Department of Health and Human Services


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