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Avera Health is Adidas Women's Energy Boost Shoes considering a realignment that would let it continue selling insurance under new mandates of the Affordable Care Act, even though those rules violate Avera's ethical position against birth control."The Affordable Care Act says you've got to provide to insured groups basic reproductive . contraceptive services," said John Porter, president and CEO at Avera.Those services contradict the guidelines Avera follows in carrying out its work in hospitals, clinics and research as a medical network affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Avera has sold health insurance as one segment of that network since 1999. To continue, it might need to break that enterprise off the network so it can adhere to its mission while following the law."Our dialogue with the bishop is it's very hard to see us treating Avera health plans as part of the health ministry and so really to recognize it as an independent insurance business," Porter said.Avera customers potentially won't know the difference."We're on Avera's health plan. We offer what they offer. It really hasn't come up as an issue," said Tom Walsh Jr., president of Dakota King, who is Catholic and who offers coverage to employees at 35 Burger King restaurants.But it presents a dilemma not easily reconciled."I do think it's a conflict of conscience," said the Rev. James Mason, pastor of St. Lambert Catholic Church. "It's not easy in today's world with the federal government making more and more demands on the private and nonprofit sectors. It's going to be a big issue."The issue rises as Avera considers how best to comply with the Affordable Care Act, which Congress passed in 2010 and now is taking broad effect. The law requires insurance to provide reproductive care benefits ranging from pills a doctor prescribes to prevent pregnancy to sterilization procedures such as a tubal ligation. Those, by law, are now to be universally available at no copay and no deductible, making them essentially free to women with the cost spread to others in the insurance pool.Those benefits collide with Catholic teaching that forbids any medical interference with the sanctity of procreation of human life. Avera is making no compromise on the care it offers."We certainly would never allow any of those procedures on any of our hospital sites," Porter said.But with health insurance, Avera confronts the issue on two levels.The first is coverage Avera offers its 13,500 employees in five states, including 6,300 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Avera is self insured through a group plan that carries no birth control benefits for its workers, and that will continue, Porter said. The plan was in place before the health law passed, giving it "grandfather" status that keeps it in force as long as it remains substantially unchanged. That status lets Avera sidestep the recent mandate that required most large employers to provide contraception coverage by Jan. 1."It predates the Affordable Care Act, and we have never offered contraceptive based services," Porter said. "Since we're grandfathered, we don't have to make any changes in policy."The second level insurance sales to outside customers is where the problem emerges."It's not what we want to do, but if you're going to exist at all, you're going to be in compliance with the law," Porter said. government over the law, Adidas Duramo 6 Women's Running Shoes White/Silver

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including Hobby Lobby in a case the Supreme Court will hear in March. Another 45 businesses, all nonprofits, have sued. On Friday, the Supreme Court extended a temporary order blocking the White House from enforcing the contraception mandate against the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns, the New York Times reported. As courts hear more challenges, businesses are deciding how to proceed."It does put Avera in a tough position," said Elizabeth Smith, associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota. "This is a very difficult problem because the Catholic Church has such strong policy about birth control, but ultimately this is a political issue. I think democratically elected representatives are looking at opinion polls, which are overwhelmingly for birth control coverage. Religiously affiliated businesses are going to have some hard choices to make."Connie Lewis, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood, a health care provider in South Dakota since 1990, said Avera has gone part way in doing the right thing."It isn't surprising that Avera is providing an insurance product that covers birth control," Lewis said by email from St. Paul. "It makes sense. Ninety nine percent of women of child bearing age of all faiths, including Catholic women, use birth control at some time in their lives."The problem to her is where Avera stops."It's unfortunate the employees of Avera won't have access to an insurance product like they are proposing to sell," she said.Mason, the St. Lambert pastor whose training includes study at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, said the problem is just the opposite. Avera, with roots dating back more than a century, is a ministry under sponsorship of the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton and the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen. While a minority of its employees and patients are Catholic about 25 percent in each case, Porter estimated Human Race Nmd Original Price

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Avera's adherence to Catholic teaching is clear to all, Mason said. A worker would have no case for complaining about lack of birth control benefits, he said."You have the freedom to not work there," Mason said.The problem, rather, is outside sales."Selling something that goes against the moral teaching of the church would not be permissible," Mason said. With a separate entity to handle insurance, "what they'd have to look at is how Adidas Shoes High Tops Cheap

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close are the ties? Is it truly a separate business? Is it just a shell? Those would be issues."Avera says discussion of reorganization is preliminary. Officials offered no details on how a new corporate blueprint might look. Changes would aim to resolve the insurance issue, but also would address wellness, outpatient care, revenue stream and multiple issues pertaining to health reform."This concerns the entire health marketplace. The entire industry is changing," said Daryl Thuringer, an Avera vice president.

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