Hobby Lobby, a Christian-run arts and crafts chain, filed for an emergency injunction on December 21, 2012 with the Supreme Court to block President Obama’s birth control coverage rules. Hobby Lobby’s complaint surrounds the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) requirement that most employers cover contraception without copay.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court today denied Hobby Lobby’s request, which was joined by the Christian book company, Mardel. The U.S. Supreme Court said it will not decide the case before lower courts have ruled. Justice Sonia Sotomayor argued that the petitioners did not meet the standards requisite for a preliminary injunction. The court also denied the request that the court take up the entire case, in which they argue that the ACA’s contraceptive coverage requirement forces them to violate their religious beliefs.
The case will return to the district court for a ruling on the merits of whether the Obama administration can require employers who have religious objections to contraceptive coverage to provide said insurance coverage in their employer plan.
March 20, 2013
The ACA requires all individual and non-grandfathered group health plans to cover certain preventive services, including contraceptive services. This is an update to the March 2012 brief
on Contraception Coverage within Required Preventive Services, and to the April 2012 update
to that brief.
April 20, 2012
This update to our March 2012 implementation brief reviews recent implementation efforts by the Administration in connection with coverage of contraceptives as a required element of required preventive services for all individual and (non-grandfathered) group health plans under the Affordable Care Act. The earlier brief reviewed the Administration’s final rules defining the scope of contraception coverage, as well as the scope of the religious exemption that would apply to employers that seek an exemption from this coverage requirement. Reflecting prior law on this matter, the final rule preserved...
March 2, 2012
Recent federal regulations requiring insurance coverage of contraception have generated controversy, especially as applied to religious employers. The requirement stems from an ACA provision requiring insurance coverage of preventive services. Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by Section 1001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), requires group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide coverage without cost-sharing for certain preventive services, including preventive treatments and services for women recommended by The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in guidelines. The preventive services provisions of the Act...