Universal, Warner Music Promise to Cover Birth Control as Trump Rolls Back Women's Health Coverage

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

Record companies join Planned Parenthood’s new #Fight4BirthControl campaign.

​Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group are among the music companies that have assured employees this week that they will continue to cover contraception despite the Trump administration’s recent moves to repeal the requirement that employers do so for free.

Both record labels sent internal memos earlier this week about their policies: UMG chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge wrote that “UMG will continue to cover a wide range of preventative services ranging from contraception, mammograms and well-woman exams to immunizations, annual physical exams, screenings for various illnesses and much more,” acknowledging “concern about proposals that would no longer require coverage of certain preventive services that have been required under the federal Affordable Care Act, such as contraception.”

Meantime, Warner Music Group’s EVP human resources, Masha Osherova, emailed employees: “As we are going through 2018 Open Enrollment many of you have expressed concern over how the Trump Administration’s executive order and Repeal & Replace proposals will impact WMG Benefits. I would like to assure you that WMG will still continue to cover all ‘10 Essential Benefits’ such as pre-existing conditions, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drug coverage (including birth control), family planning and mental health services.”  

A Sony Music Entertainment spokeswoman said that at this time, the company had no comment.

Planned Parenthood has been reaching out to companies across industries encouraging them to continue covering birth control; the women’s health organization launched an awareness campaign Thursday, #Fight4BirthControl, to promote the cause.


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