Judge throws, the Massachusetts lawsuit over Trump’s birth control rules

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What is the ObamaCare contraception mandate exemption means

The Trump administration issued a ruling that expanded the entities that may be exempt from the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

A Federal judge in Boston on Monday threw out a lawsuit by the Massachusetts attorney general attempts to block, the Trump administration’s rules expanded the exemptions from ObamaCare’s birth control mandate.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said that Massachusetts lacked standing to sue, and noted that “the record is clearly obscure” in terms of whether the employer would benefit in the state of the exceptions.

In a statement, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she was disappointed by the decision, but remained committed to ensuring “affordable and reliable maintenance of reproductive health for women.”

ObamaCare originally required, and most companies cover contraception at no additional cost, although there are exceptions for religious organizations. The Trump administration, the policy allows several categories of employers, including publicly-listed companies to claim religious or moral objections to contraception.

In November, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker under a law that an employer-funded health-cover plans pays for contraception without a co -. Gorton said that the law will be violated undercut Healy’s claim, the state would have to sue by the rules and so had to stand.

Judges in California and Pennsylvania last year blocked the rules of the birth of the new control. Prosecutors said last month that they plan to appeal the California judge made the decision.

The Ministry of justice had no immediate comment on Gorton judgment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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