Birth Control The Department ofHealth and Human Services has issued a final rule that providesexemption from the contraceptive coverage mandate to entities thatobject to such coverage based on religious beliefs. (Photo:Shutterstock)

The Trump administration has finalized two new rules that allowemployers more flexibility in denying birth control coverage for women.

CNN reports that although the Affordable Care Actmandates that health insurance plans cover birth control as apreventive measure, the Department of Healthand Human Services has issued a final rule that provides exemptionfrom the contraceptive coverage mandate to entities that object tosuch coverage based on religious beliefs. The second finalized ruleprovides exemption to nonprofit organizations and small businessesthat may have nonreligious moral convictions to such coverage.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.