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Michigan Joins Massachusetts to Challenge Rules Allowing Employers to Deny Birth Control Coverage

LANSING - In the first two amicus briefs filed by Michigan under the leadership of Attorney General Nessel, the state is joining Massachusetts and others states to ensure seamless access to preventative medical – specifically contraceptive care and services – as guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act for employees and students. Women’s health and equality will be protected by implementing the contraceptive mandate for ALL employers.

“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.”