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Joanne Roskey Discusses Potential Impact of Biden Proposal to Expand Birth Control Coverage

"A New Biden Proposal Could Increase Access to Birth Control"

Employee Benefit News

Joanne Roskey discussed the potential impact of the Biden administration's proposal that would overturn the Trump administration's previous ruling – allowing employers and private colleges to deny birth control coverage based on religious or moral objections – and instead expand and strengthen birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new potential mandate would still allow employers to opt out of coverage over religious reasons, but will no longer be allowed to use moral objections. "One of the goals is to expand access to birth control — particularly in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision about abortion," Roskey said. "If employers want to limit their coverage, it can no longer just be that they decide to for cost-effective reasons or any other non-religious reasons. That would be in direct violation of the ACA's rules. Employers will no longer be able to exclude contraceptive coverage like before," Roskey noted. "And it will definitely enable more women to get access to contraception."