December 5 ,2015 Religion and medicine have historically gone hand in hand, but increasingly have come into conflict in the U.S. as health care has become both more secular and more heavily regulated. Law has a dual role here, simultaneously generating conflict between religion and health care, for example through new coverage mandates or legally permissible medical interventions that violate religious norms, while also acting as a tool for religious accommodation and protection of conscience.
This conference: (1) identified various ways in which law intersects with religion and health care in the United States; (2) examined the role of law in creating or mediating conflict between religion and health care; and (3) explored potential legal solutions to allow religion and health care to simultaneously flourish in a culturally diverse nation.
Panel 8, Law, Religion, and Health Insurance
- Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center, and Gregory Curfman, Harvard Medical School - Hobby Lobby, Religious Employers, and Moving Away from Employer-Sponsored Health Care
- Rachel E. Sachs, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School - Religious Exemptions to the Individual Mandate: Health Care Sharing Ministries and the Purposes of the Affordable Care Act
- Moderator: Marc A. Rodwin, Suffolk University Law School
This event was supported by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
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