Sorry, forgot to add, that's on the individual level. An employer is not protected from not providing their employees benefits that may go against their religion.
When I was researching chiropratic care, I found this interesting:
So it sounds like with some treatments insurance companies already have certain mandates. If you think chiropractic care is a crock, should you be able to deny that coverage?In the U.S., most states require insurers to cover chiropractic care, and most HMOs cover these services. In Canada, there is lack of coverage under the universal public health insurance system. In Australia, most private health insurance funds cover chiropractic care, and the federal government funds chiropractic care when the patient is referred by a medical practitioner.
Mental health care is also covered now. There are all sorts of opinions on that. Should an employee whose child has depression be denied treatment when his monthly premiums are 50%? Oh, and how about autism?
Alyssa~I'm sorry I'm not sure what the reference to atheism is. Yes, states cannot say that they are atheistic and cannot deny atheists the right not practice anything.
See I have no idea....I've been lucky for all the coverages in Mass. I haven't had to wait for too much. There are some federal changes but not much.
Okay Alyssa, I see what you mean but no one is saying there is no God and no one is saying that one cannot believe that BC is evil or that they are forced to believe anything other than what they believe but as an employer if you start picking and choosing what YOU feel is appropriate than you are forcing others to do what you believe.
I would rather allow someone I employ (hypothetically) be a happy worker who appreciates the benefits I help contribute for vs. a dissatisfied employee because I decided X shouldn't be covered.
I am not saying that there should not be regulations that involve health and safety and I already said I think it should be all or nothing with what companies provide for insurance. What blew my mind was saying that companies do not have freedom of religion. They most certainly do.
The actual company does not. It's owners/CEO's etc. do. That means that an owner of the company is allowed to practice a religion just as his/her employees do. A secular company is not recognized as practicing a religion so therefore they it claim that it is against company policy.