President Donald Trump is looking at rolling back Obamacare's birth control mandate and allowing employers broader exemptions from the requirement, Vox reports.
Presently, Obamacare requires employers to offer health insurance coverage giving people access to various contraceptive methods. But according to a draft regulation obtained by the website, any employer could seek a moral or religious exemption from the mandate.
Many women could be forced to pay for contraception if Trump goes through with the rollback, Vox reported.
And The New York Times noted the contraceptive coverage was one of the most contentious Obama administration policies in the Affordable Care Act. Dozens of lawsuits were filed by employers citing religious objections to the provision, the newspaper said.
Tom Price, secretary of health and human services, said: "We will be taking action in short order to follow the president's instruction to safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees," he said.
And Tim Jost, a health law professor at Washington and Lee University, told Vox: "It's just a very, very, very broad exception for everybody, if you don't want to provide it, you don't have to provide it."
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly supports the mandate. "Access to contraception is a medical necessity for women during approximately 30 years of their lives," the group said.
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