Justices Say For-Profits Can Skirt ACA Contraception Mandate

Law360, Washington (June 30, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday created a new exemption to an Affordable Care Act provision requiring that for-profit companies offer birth control coverage to their employees, saying that closely held for-profit corporations are entitled to religious freedom protections.

In a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to closely held companies and shields them from providing contraception coverage to their employees. But the high court refused to expand that ruling to other medical practices such as blood transfusions or vaccinations, regardless of an employer's religious beliefs.

The contraception mandate required companies with more than 50...

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