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Contraception

In October, the Trump administration instituted an immediate new rule allowing more employers to opt out of Affordable Care Act mandates covering free contraception if they object on moral or religious grounds.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Around 62 million women nationwide gained access to no-cost birth control as a result of Affordable Care Act mandates.

More than two million women in Ohio are eligible for that coverage, which pays for contraception, including expensive IUDs.

Now, women with free birth control coverage through some employer-based or university health plans may be at risk of losing that benefit.

XavierUniversity in Cincinnati has announced that it will no longer provide birth control insurance coverage for employees.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that President of the Catholic university, Michael J. Graham,says the decision as prompted by national debate over a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law that requires insurers to provide such coverage.

Xavier says the change, announced Monday, goes into effect July 1. The university has about 950 faculty and staff and did not know how many would be affected.

Seven states, including Ohio, are asking a federal judge to block an Obama administration mandate that requires birth control coverage for employees of religious-affiliated hospitals, schools and outreach programs.

Barely

The University of Dayton's says it will continue to offer employee health insurance that covers contraceptive care and isn't changing the plan because of the fight over a new federal policy on birth control.

Catholic leaders in Ohio are joining the chorus of church officials urging parishioners to protest and pray about the federal government's decision to require many church-affiliated institutions to cover free birth control for
employees.

Bishops in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo shared their opposition in letters distributed or read to parishioners this weekend, saying the decision runs counter to their beliefs.