On Friday, the Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era mandate that required employers to include coverage for birth control in their health insurance plan.
The new rule allows any employer or insurer to opt out of including birth control for any moral or religious ground. The rule will take effect immediately.
With the exception of houses of worship and some companies, ObamaCare required employers to offer health insurance that covers birth control without a co-pay.
However, the new rule now allows any employer, including colleges, universities, and health insurance companies to stop following the mandate.
Employers do not have to file anything with the government to stop offering health insurance with birth control coverage, they just have to notify their employees.
This rollback is likely to affect millions of women who obtain birth control without a co-pay.
This is a big win for social conservatives, the group who strongly supported Trump during the election.
Senior HHS officials argue that 99.9 percent won’t be affected by this mandate.
However, a study by the Obama administration revealed that the mandate helped more than 55 million women obtain birth control without co-payments.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Women’s Law Center have indicated on taking legal action if the administration rolled back on the mandate.
Fatima Goss Graves, the president and CEO of the NWLC stated, “Today’s outrageous rules by the Trump Administration show callous disregard for women’s rights, health, and autonomy. By taking away women’s access to no-cost birth control coverage, the rules give employers a license to discriminate against women.”
She also added, “This will leave countless women without the critical birth control coverage they need to protect their health and economic security. We will take immediate legal steps to block these unfair and discriminatory rules.”
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