Franciscan U drops student health plan

May 28, 2012

Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, is discontinuing its student health insurance plan in the upcoming school year in opposition to the Obama administration's mandate requiring most religious employers to provide no-cost contraceptive and sterilization coverage in its health insurance plans.

The university was the first Catholic college to drop students from its health insurance plan because of the contraception mandate required by the U.S. government.

On May 21 Franciscan University, The Catholic University of America in Washington, and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., filed suit in federal court.

They were among 43 dioceses and other Catholic institutions that filed suit to stop the government from requiring them to provide contraceptives and sterilization to their employees.