The Obamacare mandate for free birth control may be headed for the scrap heap. How will Congress and President Trump go about doing this? HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price could issue a regulation excluding birth control from the no co-pay status. When Obamacare is replaced, it could be handled then. Read more here.
As Written By Jesse Hellman for The Hill:
Conservative Republicans have opposed the mandate since it was issued by the Obama administration, saying it infringes on religious liberty by requiring employers to pay for contraception coverage, regardless of their beliefs.
Religious advocates fought the mandate all the way to the Supreme Court, resulting in the landmark Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. decision that found closely held for-profit corporations cannot required to pay for some forms of contraceptives if the owner objects.
Now that Republicans hold Congress and the White House, they have the chance to do away with the mandate entirely.
Reversing the birth-control mandate would not necessarily require an act of Congress. HHS could issue a regulation excluding birth control from the list of women’s preventive health services that insurers must cover with no cost sharing.
Asked to comment for this story, HHS responded: “We aren’t going to speculate on future policy.”
Price could further be emboldened by an executive order Trump issued just days into his presidency that instructs agencies to ….
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