AG: Michigan to challenge rules allowing employers to deny birth control coverage

Posted at 11:33 AM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 14:45:20-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan is joining Massachusetts and other states to ensure access to preventative medical – specifically contraceptive care – services, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

According to a press release, the contraceptive mandate will be implemented for all employers as guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act for employees and students.

“Michigan has a compelling interest in protecting the health, well-being and economic security of our residents," said Nessel. "We are committed to ensuring a strong and robust regulatory framework that makes contraception widely available and as affordable as possible to advance educational opportunity, workplace equality and financial empowerment for women, to improve the health of women and children, and to reduce healthcare-related costs for individuals, families, and the State of Michigan.”

“While Michigan did not join this case when it first began, we are joining it now," Nessel added. “We are on firm ground and are pushing back on the federal government to ensure our residents get the protection they need.”