White House Rolls Back Obamacare Birth-Control Mandates

  • White House Rolls Back Obamacare Birth-Control Mandates

White House Rolls Back Obamacare Birth-Control Mandates

The Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate has been updated about 10 times over the last six years, as the Obama administration sought to address religious concerns related to birth control. Human resource managers recognize that employers get an economic benefit from helping women space out their pregnancies, since female workers are central to most enterprises. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

"Contraception is an integral part of preventive care and a medical necessity for women during approximately 30 years of their lives". Many conservative Christian schools and faith-based agencies require employees to adhere to moral codes that ban sex outside marriage and same-sex relationships, among other behavior.

"It is necessary and appropriate to provide the expanded exemptions", the rules state, countering the Obama administration's stance. The rule included an exception for places of worship, but otherwise covered all insurance plans.

The Affordable Care Act's approach to birth control is straightforward, and at least at first blush, noncontroversial.

More than 55 million US women have birth control coverage with zero out-of-pocket costs, according to the National Women's Law Center.

"There is no way to know how many women will be affected", Salganicoff said.

Donald Trump laid the foundation for rolling back the mandate further in early May, when he signed an executive order directing his administration "to address conscience-based objections" to covering birth control.

Among other legal precedents, the new regulation cites the 2014 Supreme Court case brought by Hobby Lobby, an arts-and-crafts store, which ruled that federal religious freedom laws protected certain types of private companies from having to pay for insurance coverage for contraception.

And then the Trump era came along.

Repealing Obamacare was one of Trump's most strident campaign promises. Effective immediately, any entity that has a religious objection can opt to carve out contraception from its insurance coverage provided to employees. And it would let employers at for-profit firms and publicly traded companies to do the same. "This is an unacceptable attack on basic health care that the vast majority of women rely on", Richards said in an official Planned Parenthood statement. A leaked draft of the policy came to public light in June, a month after the president signed an executive order he said was meant to "restore" religious liberty. Now that the exception is enshrined in law, there is no doubt that more employers will follow suit, and more women will suffer.

Women's groups are expected to challenge the revised policy. "It simply summarizes the state of the law as it exists today".

By reducing the open enrollment period from its traditional 90 days to fewer than 45 days and doing everything in their power to deny potential marketplace enrollees of technical assistance while actively blocking efforts to alert the general public to its existence, the Trump Administration is trying to kill the ACA not with one traumatic blow, but with a thousand little cuts. "A lot of women don't have that disposable income to pay for it". "We'll see the Trump administration in court if they try to follow through on these plans".

Democrats plan to resist Trump's latest measure and said they fear restricted access to contraceptives could have effects like an increase in unplanned pregnancies.