SCOTUS Backs Contraception Exception

The US Supreme Court upheld a Trump administration rule yesterday exempting employers who object to birth control from providing it on their health plans, NPR reports.
 
The rule undercuts the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers include free birth control coverage in most insurance plans.
 
Under Obamacare, religious and moral exemptions already applied to churches and synagogues, but not automatically to other major employers like nonprofits, charities, and hospitals.
 
The ruling has implications beyond birth control, Vox reports. Justice Clarence Thomas’s majority opinion also opens the door to dismantling “a key provision of Obamacare that ensures patients receive preventive care without having to pay out-of-pocket costs.”
 
The case will now be sent back to a lower court.

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