ST. PAUL, MN – Today, the Trump Administration announced it will eliminate an Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that the majority of health insurance policies sold in the United States include birth control coverage free of charge. The new federal policy will allow employers the choice to deny their employees access to health insurance that covers costs for birth control. Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Governor Mark Dayton released the following statements today regarding the Trump Administration’s actions.
The following is a statement from Lt. Governor Tina Smith:
“This latest action by the Trump Administration is an outrageous assault on the health and well-being of women and families across America. As many as 62 million women in the United States, including 1.1 million Minnesotans, depend on this crucial health care coverage. Birth control is essential health care for women. Governor Dayton and I will keep fighting to protect the rights of every person to make decisions about their own health care.”
The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton:
“The Trump Administration will stop at nothing to eliminate health care for millions of Americans. This unconscionable decision will revoke essential health protections for millions of women and families. I urge all employers in our state to disavow this effort to strip Minnesotans of their health care. Lt. Governor Smith and I will do everything we can to ensure women across our state are not denied the care they need, or the coverage they deserve.”