Today, a U.S. District Court in Minnesota ruled that a Hastings-based company’s group health insurance plan doesn’t have to cover birth control for its employees. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS.)
December 11th, 2014 — “Today’s deeply troubling ruling opens the door for Minnesota companies to discriminate against women and deny their employees access to birth control coverage.”
“It’s unbelievable that we are still fighting for access to birth control in 2014, with some politicians who want to get rid of the birth control benefit completely. We know firsthand that access to birth control is both a health care and economic concern for women. ”
“The June 30th Hobby Lobby decision – in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bosses can deny women birth control coverage based on their own religious beliefs – paved the way for today’s ruling in Minnesota. We call on the Minnesota Legislature to act swiftly and pass the CHEER (The Contraceptive Health Equity and Employee Rights) Act immediately upon convening in January. The CHEER Act is the only way to prevent companies in Minnesota from discriminating against their female employees and denying them preventive health care.”
“Planned Parenthood will always be here for women who need birth control – no matter where they work or who their boss is.”
After decades of discriminatory coverage by insurance companies, the birth control benefit under the Affordable Care Act required all insurance policies to cover birth control with no out-of-pocket cost to women — rightly categorizing birth control as part of women’s basic preventive care. On June 30th, 2014, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that bosses can deny women birth control coverage based on their own religious beliefs – which paved the way for today’s ruling in Minnesota.