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Trump Religious, Moral Opt-Outs to Contraceptive Coverage OK’d

Jan. 19, 2021, 9:36 PM

Trump administration rules giving employers with religious or moral objections the right to opt out of an Obamacare requirement that employee health plans pay for contraceptives are allowed to go into effect, because the agencies properly adopted them, a federal court in Massachusetts said.

The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury engaged in “reasoned decisionmaking” when they revised a prior accommodation for employers that objected on religious grounds to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts said.

The court granted summary judgment for the agencies in a lawsuit...

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