In a devastating blow to Women’s health, President Trump on Friday lifted the federal requirement for employers to include birth control in their employees’ health insurance plans.
Trump’s new rules allow any employer or insurer to claim religious beliefs as an excuse for not covering birth control. According to officials on a press call Friday, employers will not have to file anything with the government to stop offering the birth-control coverage; instead, they simply have to notify their employees of the decision.
The Obama administration’s birth control mandate has been disputed by some religious groups, particularly Catholic organizations, which have argued that having to pay for their employees’ birth control violates their religious beliefs.
While the ACA does not explicitly say that employers have to cover contraception in health insurance plans, the Obama administration determined that the rule was necessary for protecting women’s health.
The new rules, however, are certain to prompt new lawsuits, including from the National Women’s Law Center, which has said that it would challenge any effort by the Trump administration to lift the birth control mandate.