GOP's Baker says Massachusetts should set aside $300,000 to guarantee contraception coverage

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BOSTON — Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is proposing a $300,000 increase for the Department of Public Health to offer contraceptive services to women potentially affected by a recent Supreme Court decision.

Baker said the increase in the department's family health services budget would provide comprehensive contraceptive care to women working for companies with faith-based leadership that are self-insured and closely held and choose not to provide contraceptive coverage.

A recent Supreme Court ruling found some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Obama's health care overhaul.

Baker had initially said the ruling wouldn't change a thing in Massachusetts because of the state's health care law, but later said that it was possible a small segment of Massachusetts employers could qualify for the narrow exemption to the contraception mandate.

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