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President Eliminates Birth Control Coverage Mandate

Last week, President Trump announced two new policies which take effect immediately to allow employers to claim a religious or moral objection to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) birth control coverage mandate. The first policy lays out how an employer can claim an exemption for religious beliefs. The second provides an exemption for sincerely held moral convictions. CAFP strongly supported the ACA policy which required health plans to provide FDA-approved contraception at no cost. The AAFP joined its Group of 6 partners in sending a letter to President Trump expressing disapproval of the actions and the Administration's approach to women's health in general. AAFP also expressed concern with the Administration's introduction of a new standard, which they refer to as a "moral exemption." The American Civil Liberties Union and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra each filed lawsuits to block the new rules. CAFP and AAFP are evaluating opportunities to advocate this issue and will keep you apprised of our actions as we proceed.