The Trump administration is expected to release new regulations Friday relaxing an Obama-era requirement that nearly all employers offer health insurance that covers a wide array of contraceptive methods.
A draft version of these rules, obtained by Vox in May, broadened the types of companies and organizations that can request an exemption from that rule. This could lead to many American women who currently receive no-cost contraception having to pay out of pocket for their medication.
"The Departments have concluded that the governmental interest in ensuring that the employees of [certain] organizations receive contraceptive coverage as part of their employer-sponsored plan is less significant than previously stated," the Trump administration stated in the draft.
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The draft rule was also blunt about its expected effects, noting that "These final rules will result in some enrollees in plans of exempt entities not receiving coverage or payments for contraceptive services."
It is not currently known how much the final rule will vary from the draft.
Women's health groups, including the National Women's Law Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights, have been preparing to file lawsuits against the regulation, based on the draft that has circulated in Washington for months now.