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Obamacare Birth Control Opt Outs Hurt Massachusetts, State Says

Feb. 26, 2019, 2:36 PM

Massachusetts will wind up footing the bill for contraceptive care if employers with moral or religious objections are exempt from providing Obamacare-required insurance coverage, it says.

The state Feb. 25 urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to overturn a lower court decision dismissing its suit to have the birth control opt out rules thrown out. Massachusetts has standing to challenge the rules based on a “substantial risk” of economic injury, contrary to the lower court’s finding, it said.

The Affordable Care Act requires employer-based plans to cover birth control and related services at no cost to...

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