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Implement new health care conscientious objector rule—for now

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by Gregory W. Moore, Esq.

Health care is rapidly becoming one of Michigan’s largest and most stable employment sectors. Health care employers are subject to many additional employment regulations than employers in other industries.

That fact was driven home by a recent regulatory change implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing a new level of protection to employees who work for health care providers. They now have the right to refuse to perform certain health care services, including research activities, on the basis of religious, moral, ethical or other similar grounds.

The so-called conscientious objector rule was enacted in the final month of the Bush administration. HHS claimed the authority to publish the rule under the Church Amendments Act of 2000 and the Weldon Amendment of 2008.

In essence, these two pieces of federal legislation prohibit recipients of HHS funds from di...(register to read more)

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