Trump Administration Wins Supreme Court Contraceptive Coverage Ruling
The Trump administration got a win in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has ruled that employers can deny women contraception based on religious grounds.
This 7-2 ruling against the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which challenged a 2018 rule change to the “contraception mandate,” makes it easy to qualify for the exemption and undoes a rule the Obama administration tried to pass that required employers to provide full coverage aside in very specific situations (in which case the government would provide the coverage).
This basically puts the choice of contraceptive coverage in the hands of the employer and not the employee, especially for lower income workers, as the only way to get coverage with cost assistance under the ACA is not to have coverage through an employer.
Up to 126,000 women nationwide would lose birth control coverage under President Donald Trump’s plan, the government estimated.
For more, see NBC News’ “In win for Trump, Supreme Court allows plan for religious limits to Obamacare contraceptive coverage.”
“The ACA has been successful in achieving Congress’s goal of improving women’s access to preventive care, including contraceptive coverage. Since the passage of the ACA, women’s health care coverage has increased and out-of-pocket expenses for contraceptive services have decreased significantly for millions of women. Congress’s goals in enacting the ACA would be severely undermined if the Departments were permitted to carry out the Exemptions,” wrote the lawmakers in the brief.
Since the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate went into effect in 2012, over 60 million women nationwide now have coverage of birth control without out-of-pocket costs.
“The Trump administration has been working furiously to turn back the clock on women’s rights,” DeGette, who co-chairs the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, added. “By undermining comprehensive contraceptive coverage, this rule puts the health and well-being of millions of women at risk.