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June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Narrows ACA Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

In the final decision of its nine-month 2013-14 session, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that closely held companies can claim a religious exemption from the ACA requirement that employee health plans include comprehensive birth-control coverage.

Voting 5-4, the justices sided with two family-owned businesses, Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which had challenged the inclusion of certain contraceptive devices and methods in ACA coverage mandates.

» Review the Supreme Court decision here.