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Statement of Commissioner Lara on Supreme Court decision denying contraception coverage

News: 2020 Press Release

For Release: July 8, 2020
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Statement of Commissioner Lara on Supreme Court decision denying contraception coverage

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Responding to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Little Sister of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, which upheld the Trump Administration’s rule that permits employers to deny employees coverage for contraceptives based on the employer’s religious or moral beliefs, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara stated:

“The Department of Insurance will continue to protect the right of women to access safe and effective reproductive health care. With few exceptions, insurance policies regulated by the Department of Insurance that provide prescription drug coverage are required by California law to include contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing. These protections continue, despite the Trump Administration attack on such coverage and the Supreme Court’s decision. Californians who believe they have been denied coverage for reproductive health care should call the Department of Insurance consumer complaint center at 1-800-927-4357.”

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Media note:

California Insurance Code section 10123.196 requires that California insurance policies that provide prescription drug coverage must provide coverage for contraceptives, without cost-sharing, with a very narrow religious exemption much more limited than that articulated by the Trump Administration rule and the Supreme Court decision.



The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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