Feds Roll Out Changes to Birth-Control Mandate

The Obama administration on Friday took the final step toward ensuring that women can keep their birth control coverage even if their employer refuses to provide it on religious grounds.

“Women across the country should have access to preventive services, including contraception,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell wrote in a statement.

Newly released regulations from HHS allow women to receive contraceptive services without co-pays over the objections of their employer.

The much-anticipated rules also aim to give more flexibility to religious groups or companies seeking exemptions from ObamaCare’s contraceptive mandate, allowing them to write opt-out letters to federal health officials instead of supplying multiple forms.