US Senate Fails to Pass Bill to Protect Women's Health Care From Employer Interference

By Joe Gullo

Published 07/16 2014 02:49PM

Updated 07/16 2014 02:54PM

WASHINGTON - The United States Senate failed to pass bill to protect women's health care from employer interference.

A press release says the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act would have prohibit for-profit employers that maintain a group health plan for its employees from using their personal religious beliefs as a way to deny employees contraception or other health services required by federal law. The existing exemption for religious employers and non-profits will still be in place.

“Women, not their employers, should be in charge of decisions about their health care, and I’m disappointed that we couldn’t pass legislation today that would’ve strengthened protections of this right," U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) . "The ‘Not My Boss’ Business Act’ was common sense legislation that would have kept employers out of the health care decisions of their employees and I’ll continue to fight for its passage because women should be able to make their own health care decisions without employer interference.”

A companion bill introduced in the U.S. House.

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