Throw Out Birth Control Coverage Opt Outs, States Urge Court

May 1, 2019, 3:31 PM

Employers who object on religious or moral grounds shouldn’t get a free pass to deny employees insurance coverage for birth control, 17 states and the District of Columbia said.

The California-led coalition April 30 asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to invalidate Trump administration opt outs for employers opposed to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer-sponsored health plans cover contraceptives and related services at no cost to employees.

The contraceptive mandate has been one of the Affordable Care Act’s most controversial provisions. It spawned years of litigation, as both religious and secular employers said ...

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