HHS to Rescind Birth Control Mandate in Obamacare
The Trump administration on Friday rolled back an ObamaCare requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.
Under highly anticipated rules published Friday, any for-profit or non-profit employer or insurer can stop following the birth control mandate on moral and religious grounds.
The changes also let publicly traded companies obtain a religious exemption but not a moral one.
The rules take effect immediately.
ObamaCare mandated that employers offer health insurance that covers birth control without a co-pay, with exemptions for houses of worship and some companies.
According to senior HHS officials on a press call Friday, employers will not have to file anything with the government to stop offering the birth control coverage; instead, they simply have to notify their employees of the decision.
The move could potentially impact millions of Americans who now receive birth control with no co-payments.
The changes follow an executive order President Trump signed in April that instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to address "conscience-based objections" to the mandate, which has faced strong opposition from religious schools, charitable organizations and priests and nuns.