The President signed legislation on Tuesday that requires all insurance companies and some employers to cover a range of birth control and other preventive care.
The legislation also requires employers to pay for birth control in the workplace.
The bill also directs federal agencies to work with state and local governments to make birth control available to women who have employer-sponsored insurance.
“We are proud to sign the first step in protecting and expanding access to family planning services and the health benefits it provides,” said White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
“The Affordable Care Act is working, and we have the ability to get it passed in the House.
We will work with Democrats and Republicans alike to pass this bill in both chambers.”
The House passed the bill by a vote of 251-206 on Tuesday.
Republicans blocked the bill in the Senate on Tuesday, where Democrats are divided over whether the bill should pass.
Democrats have been working to push a “Plan B” to address the birth control shortage, and Republicans are likely to try to take advantage of that to push through the bill as soon as possible.
Democrats said the bill provides coverage for birth-control prescriptions, such as birth control patches and birth control shots, which is a big step forward.
“I think the biggest step is in the birth-care provider and prescription drug coverage,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“But we need to make sure it is universal and that it is affordable.”
Republicans said the legislation is about birth control.
“Our goal is to have a comprehensive plan that covers women, covers them and provides access to the services that they need,” said Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas).
“We will get there.
This is just a very small step to reach our goal.”
Democrats have been critical of the ACA.
The healthcare law provides a range and coverage of birth- control services, and many women rely on birth control pills to prevent pregnancy.
But the birth rate has declined since the ACA went into effect, and it is estimated that fewer than 1 percent of American women have birth control now.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the ACA, saying it’s a plan that is a massive government takeover of American life.
He recently threatened to veto the bill, which was sponsored by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D–Md.), if it doesn’t include birth control coverage.
Trump signed the legislation into law at the White House on Tuesday morning.
The measure now goes to the Senate.