After an uproar among religious institutions that didn't want to pay for contraceptives, the Obama administration offered several alternatives in March 2012. These plans are a continuation of those efforts.
The issue of Obama's health care act mandating contraception coverage became a hot-button political issue during last year's presidential race.
In August 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney released a television ad that attacked the Obama administration.
"President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith," the ad said. "Mitt Romney believes that is wrong."
Although the ad did not specifically mention the contraception rule, a news release that accompanied the ad justified the "war on religion" claim using an editorial published in the San Antonio Express-News in February about the health care law's rule on providing contraception.