The rules make it easier for employers to deny birth control coverage
The administration’s birth control rules are designed to gut the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that employers cover birth control for their workers. The rules allow employers, colleges, and universities to deny a person birth control coverage if they have a moral or religious objection to its use. It’s estimated that more than 62 million people gained access to birth control thanks to the ACA’s guarantee of no-copay birth control. These rules threaten to reverse those gains.
The rules finalize the administration’s interim birth control rules, which were released in October 2017. State attorneys general and advocates sued the administration, and two federal courts stopped the rules from taking effect. The new version of the rules have just minor changes.Tracking Trump
The final version of the birth control rules will make it easier for employers to opt out of the ACA’s requirement to provide birth control coverage.ThinkProgress
The final birth control rules are likely to continue to face federal lawsuits. If they aren’t blocked by the courts again, they’ll go into effect in early 2019.Buzzfeed
Without insurance, an IUD could cost more than $1,100 out-of-pocket, and birth control pills could cost up to $600 per year.
Taking away birth control coverage will make it harder for millions of people to get the care they need.
Forty percent of Black women ages 18-44 say they couldn’t afford more than $10 a month for birth control if they had to pay out of pocket. Research shows that when people have access to birth control, they can take better care of themselves or their families, support themselves financially, complete their education, and advance in their careers.