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Shapiro Leads Amicus Brief To Maintain Contraceptive Coverage

/ WDAC

HARRISBURG – PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed an amicus brief on behalf of 17 attorneys general to support a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to roll back a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that employers must include contraceptive coverage for women in their health insurance plans. In December 2017, Pennsylvania won a nationwide injunction in a lawsuit challenging the Administration’s actions. The Trump administration is appealing that injunction. The amicus brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, supports Massachusetts’ appeal to stop the federal government from implementing new rules that authorize virtually any employer with a religious or moral objection to disregard a legal obligation to provide its employees and their dependents with coverage for contraception. According to the brief, rules issued by the Trump Administration violate the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance companies to cover preventive health care services, including contraception, with no co-pays.

JOSH SHAPIRO

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