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Supreme Court: Some companies exempt from providing contraception coverage

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that for-profit family-owned businesses can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate as part of their health insurance benefits if it goes against their religious beliefs. According to The New York Times, this ruling opens up the possibility that more companies may challenge the ACA. In addition, the newspaper reported judge Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the government could even offer contraceptive coverage through other means.

The Wall Street Journal reported the Supreme Court’s decision came down to a 5-4 vote in which its five conservative judges voted in favor to allow private companies to not provide contraception in their health benefits coverage for employees. The two companies involved in the case were Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain that is owned by a religious family, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a cabinetmaker owned by Mennonites in Pennsylvania, the Journal reported.

The judges noted that the government should extend an existing accommodation to these companies that mandates insurers offer contraceptives to employees without asking workers to pay copayments or charging companies premiums. 

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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