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Court blocks Trump administration birth-control coverage rule nationwide, PG&E files for bankruptcy protection, and more

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1. Trump contraception-coverage rules now blocked nationwide

A federal judge on Monday blocked the Trump administration's new rules allowing more employers to opt out of offering workers no-cost birth control from going into effect in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As part of the Affordable Care Act, employer insurance plans have to include free contraceptives; religious groups are exempt, but the new rules would give more employers, including schools and nonprofits, the chance to opt out. On Sunday, a judge ruled there are "serious questions" about whether this violates the ACA, and he temporarily blocked the rules in 13 states and D.C. Pennsylvania sued the administration. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia wrote that enforcing the rules could cause "irreversible" harm, and issued a nationwide injunction.

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