Trump administration relaxes requirement that employers provide birth control in workers' insurance

Trump administration relaxes requirement that employers provide birth control in workers' insurance

However, as the New York Times reports, the administration will propose a more incremental approach to its reversal by expanding the existing exemptions to include "moral convictions" as well as "religious beliefs".

The Act required employer-provided health insurance policies to include coverage for preventative care, including birth control using all contraceptive methods approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

The move would fulfill a campaign promise from Trump and would allow a larger group of employers and insurers to claim religious or moral exemptions from covering birth control.

Becerra said he several other attorneys general are considering filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration to have the rule tossed. In addition, these rules offer employers, universities, and insurers a seemingly unworkable option of offering any individual who objects to contraceptive coverage a separate insurance plan excluding such coverage; it is unclear how this provision will be implemented.

Penny Nance, of Concerned Women for America, added, "One of my fondest memories of working with President Trump so far is sitting in the Rose Garden as he stood strongly for religious liberty and asked the Little Sisters of the Poor to come on stage with him".

"Donald Trump's latest dictate is a flawless execution of his passions: controlling women and robbing people of healthcare".

Since contraception became a covered preventive benefit, the share of female employees paying with their own money for birth control pills has plunged to 3 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. "It not only allows women to plan and space their pregnancies in a way that is best for their health and their families, but also helps manage a variety of health conditions".

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"Affordable contraception for women saves lives", he said.

At a time when Trump finds himself embattled on many fronts, the two directives - issued nearly simultaneously on Friday - demonstrated the president's eagerness to retain the loyalty of social conservatives who make up a key part of his base.

The new interim final rules - one regarding religious objections to birth control and the other, moral qualms - seek to end years of legal wrangling, which pitted the federal government against religious business owners, faith-based schools and charities, Catholic nuns and a number of other conscientious objectors to contraception.

Currently, more than 55 million women receive free contraception under the mandate, and the new rules could cause hundreds of thousands of women to lose access.

In both cases, the departments are following up on President Donald Trump's directive that was part of a May 4 executive order on religious freedom.

The National Women's Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy group, has been preparing a lawsuit since last spring, when it learned that the Trump administration meant to rewrite the contraception coverage mandate. "If you don't want to provide it, you don't have to provide it", he said.

"HHS leaders under the current administration are focused on turning back the clock on women's health", Dr. Haywood L. Brown, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in a statement. The 2014 Hobby Lobby decision expanded exemptions to for-profit "closely held corporations".

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