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Congresswoman Chu Applauds HHS for Ensuring Equal Access to Contraceptives

January 20, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its final rule on preventative services covered under the Affordable Care Act.  In the decision, HHS maintained that most employers will be required to provide full range preventative service – including birth control without co-pay – to their employees under the Affordable Care Act.  The final ruling exempts overtly religious organizations such as churches, but all other employers have one year to comply with the law.  Following the announcement from HHS, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32) praised the decision:

“The Obama Administration’s decision to ensure equal access to contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act is the right choice for America.  Women should not be at the mercy of their employer’s preference when it comes to their reproductive rights.”

Today’s decision comes on the heels of extensive campaigning by advocates against increased exemptions.  Many religious organizations pushed to allow exemptions for religious-affiliated hospitals and colleges.  For her part, Congresswoman Chu advocated strongly against increased exemptions that would limit women’s access to reproductive care.  Through personal phone calls and by sending a joint letter with Congresswoman Diana DeGette and twelve other Congressional leaders, Congresswoman Chu encouraged equal access to contraceptives for all women.

“Having personally reached out and urged for this outcome, I am extremely happy to see it come to pass,” said Congresswoman Chu.  “This is a victory for every woman in America, and I commend the Obama Administration for staying strong on women’s rights.”