January 31, 2023
Access & Coverage
  • The Biden administration proposed a new rule that would reverse a Trump-era policy that made it easier for employers to refuse to offer birth control coverage in company-sponsored health plans. The new rule would omit the “moral” exemption and retain the “religious” one. It would also create an “independent pathway” for people who have insurers with religious exemptions to access birth control through a “willing contraceptive provider” at no cost. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra also told reporters the Biden administration is considering a plan to declare a public health emergency to protect and extend abortion access in the U.S. (Articles here, here, and here)