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Trump admin to settle $3M in legal fees over Obama-era contraception mandate: report

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The Trump administration has agreed to pay $3 million to settle lawsuits filed against the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for contraception coverage, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.

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The money went to the law firm Jones Day, which represented dozens of groups that sued the Obama administration over the mandate, according to BuzzFeed.

Jones Day had originally asked for more than $29 million to settle the lawsuits, an administration official told BuzzFeed.

Documents obtained by BuzzFeed reveal that the Justice Department settled with Jones Day as well as First Liberty Institute, a law firm focused on religious liberty issues, which will receive $268,763 from the government in a separate settlement. 

The Trump administration began to roll back the contraception mandate item in October. Congress in December passed a tax bill that repealed the health bill’s individual mandate for buying insurance.

Lawsuits over the contraception mandate are still being settled in court. 

 

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