Doak Backs Trump Administration Birth Control Insurance Coverage Decision

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak welcomes President Trump’s decision to issue new rules that limit the mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control despite their religious beliefs. Doak calls it a restoration of religious liberties.

“I commend President Trump for keeping his promise to Americans to protect our religious freedom,” Doak said. “The government should not force anyone to compromise their faith, and the new rules will allow businesses to focus on their goals and mission without fear of legal battles.”

The Affordable Care Act requires all insurers and group plans to offer coverage for FDA approved contraceptive methods for free. The only exceptions were churches, non-profits and “closely held” for-profit businesses. The Trump Administration’s proposed rule would expand those exemptions to any employer that registers a religious or moral objection.

Hobby Lobby Stores filed the federal government in 2012 over the rule claiming a violation of its religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby.

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