Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Signs Law Protecting Free Birth Control

The President won’t be happy.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a law Monday protecting free birth control in the state, while the Trump administration whittles away the ObamaCare requirement for insurance coverage of birth control without a co-pay.

This legislation will ensure no woman in Massachusetts, irrespective of what goes on in Washington, will worry about whether her health care services and rights will be affected here in the commonwealth.”

Baker, a Republican, previously suggested a temporary moratorium on new health insurance mandates. Asked about that during the signing ceremony, Baker said moratoriums provide a way to put in place a process before any new mandate is passed to ensure people know what it will cost.

“In this particular case, there was a tremendous concern about a particular issue that involved the uncertainty associated with federal policy, and I think it’s terrific that everybody got together and got this done to protect women’s reproductive rights here in Massachusetts,” Baker said.

Even if Republicans in Washington generate enough support to repeal the Affordable Care Act next year, the Massachusetts law aims at ensuring birth control won’t cost residents of the state any money.

In October, the Trump administration reversed the ObamaCare requirement that employers’ health insurance plans include birth control coverage. For-profit and nonprofit employers and insurers can decide to stop following the mandate on “moral and religious grounds” under last month’s Trump administration move. The Massachusetts legislation includes a religious exemption for churches only.

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