“Albany Times Union: N.Y. Challenges Trump Administration Birth Control Coverage Rollback”
November 3, 2017
As published by The Albany Times Union, on November 2, 2017.
New York has joined four other states in a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to allow employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraception, rolling back a rule put into place with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has joined the suit, his office announced Thursday, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday.
The action by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last month allows employers and insurers to deny birth control coverage due to religious beliefs or a a moral conviction.
New Yorkers are less affected by the change than others, because the state issued regulations in January requiring health insurers to cover contraceptive drugs and devices without cost to the insured woman. But Schneiderman’s announcement Thursday noted that some large employers who fund their own insurance plans are exempted by the state regulations and subject to federal law. Nearly 1.2 million women who work for those employers would have to buy their own contraception, go without it, or seek access to contraception from the state.
“The Trump administration believes that a woman’s boss is better suited than the woman is to make her own healthcare decisions. These new rules are unconstitutional – and we’re taking them to court to protect New Yorkers’ basic right to reproductive health care,” Schneiderman said. “If a woman can’t control her own body, she isn’t truly free.”