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June 30, 2014

Court Says Some Employers Don't Have to Cover Birth Control

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 split, ruled that "closely held" companies can on religious grounds opt out of a federal health-care law requirement that companies provide contraception coverage for employees, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"The court's five conservatives wrote that private companies, such as Hobby Lobby Stores, can't be forced to provide contraceptive health services that violate their owner's religious beliefs. The case was the first challenge to the Affordable Care Act to reach the Supreme Court since 2012, when the justices upheld most of the health-care overhaul against a constitutional challenge."

National Journal: "How deeply the court's decision undermines the contraception mandate will depend largely on how business owners respond... The furthest-reaching implications could come further down the road; the Obama administration and its allies have warned that companies will rely on the ruling to seek exemptions from anti-discrimination laws."

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