Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

Demonstrators in Washington, D.C., argued for upholding the Affordable Care Act’s birth control provision in 2015. The rollback of the rule is likely to spur further lawsuits, analysts say.

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Demonstrators in Washington, D.C., argued for upholding the Affordable Care Act’s birth control provision in 2015. The rollback of the rule is likely to spur further lawsuits, analysts say.

Charles Dharapak/AP

Updated 4:52 pm

The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women.

According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection.

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