Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Amish unaffected by new health law

Lawmakers note that "religious conscience" refers to conservative Plain sect groups even though it doesn't specifically name them.

Members of Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite churches have long eschewed commercial insurance in favor of community fundraisers and church-run health plans.

There has also been confusion over who else might be eligible to skip health insurance.

Despite erroneous reports, said spokeswoman Allison Doty, "this exclusion has nothing to do with" the Church of Christ, Scientist. It applies only to established religious groups that pay for their own health care.

Congress is letting the Health and Human Services secretary decide how often people who are qualified for waivers should apply for them.

However, Nolt said, he expects Plain sect individuals to have to apply one time only, just like they do with Social Security.

Posted via email from The Blue Pelican

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