Ill. Catholics worry over Obama birth control plan

CHICAGO (AP) -- The directors of two Catholic organizations in Illinois say they still have concerns about the provision of free contraception in President Barack Obama's revised health insurance mandate.

They contend it might conflict with an exemption in Illinois state law that allows Catholic institutions to offer their employees insurance plans that do not cover birth control.

Patrick Cacchione, director of the Illinois Catholic Health Association, says his group cannot participate in something it thinks is immoral.

Since 2003, Illinois law has required insurance companies to include contraception coverage in plans sold to companies. But there's an exemption for self-insured employers, which includes most Catholic institutions.

The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday ( that Robert Gilligan, director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, also still has questions about how Obama's plan would work.

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