Madison Diocese offers birth control insurance, but warns employees not to use it

A state law is forcing the Madison Catholic Diocese this month to begin offering its employees insurance coverage for birth control.

However, a diocesan spokesman said employees will be warned against using the benefit and that open defiance of Catholic teaching on the issue could ultimately lead to termination.

St. Mary's Hospital in Madison has notified employees that it, too, soon will be required for the first time to cover contraception.

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Both entities sought to get around the mandate by becoming self-insured, but the costs proved prohibitive.

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