Trump Administration Scales Back Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

by Kimberly Leonard
October 6, 2017

The Trump administration announced Friday that it will exempt employers from providing insurance coverage for contraception if it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs, scaling back a rule created under the Obama administration.

The rule was an outgrowth of Obamacare, which is written to give discretion to the Department of Health and Human Services to issue rules about what constitutes women’s preventive care, meaning that different administrations can reverse or change the rules.

The new rules allow any employer to be exempt from the mandate “based on its sincerely held religious beliefs” and based on “moral convictions.” Employers who decide not to provide coverage do not need to inform the federal government but would need to tell their employees about their decision.

The rule change was intended to provide “relief to those who have been under the thumb of the federal government and had their religious freedom violated” and end “attacks on religious liberty and protects religious freedom for everyone,” a senior HHS official said in a phone call with reporters.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • The Redhawk says:

    That is TE WAY… ONe CRAZY rule at te Time and Trump can accomplish what MITCH is Unable to Get DONE!
    NEXT how about FIRING KOSKINEN from the IRS mad Perp walk this Lying SACK of Human waste to Jail… hey SESSION how about it????

  • mike says:

    This is important in that it changes another rule that I feel was government overreach. Also the term “womens Health” has been used mostly in the contex of birth control and abortations. If we are really interested with keeping our ladies healthy. Their are a whole lot of other issues that are life threatening that need to be covered and looked for.

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