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Ditch Trump Contraceptive Coverage Opt Out Rules, States Say

March 26, 2019, 1:28 PM

Final rules giving employers the ability to avoid paying for employee health plans that cover birth control if they object on religious or moral grounds must be invalidated, 21 states and the District of Columbia say.

Women across the country will be hurt by the new rules, which exempt certain employers from Obamacare’s minimum essential health-care coverage requirements for women, a Massachusetts-led coalition told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit March 25 in a friend-of-the-court brief.

The birth control mandate has been one of the most-litigated sections of the Affordable Care Act. Religious groups objected that they...

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