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SCOTUS Hearing on Contraceptives and the ACA

Supreme Court Hearing on contraceptive coverage and religious freedom:

Challenging the Affordable Care Act

 

At issue: Can a business be required to provide its female employees with health insurance that includes access to free birth control, even if doing so would violate the strong religious beliefs of the family that owns the business?

 

  • Here is a ‘user friendly’ breakdown of the Supreme Court hearing today re: coverage of contraception by religious organizations.  It will likely be decided in early summer, but I think the NYT coverage of it is an easy Q and A:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/politics/q-and-a-on-challenges-to-health-laws-birth-control-requirement.html?_r=0

 

  • Here is the SCOTUS blog that summarized the hearing and debate:

http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/03/birth-control-business-and-religious-beliefs-in-plain-english/

New Issue Brief on States’ Engagement in Cost Control; by Stuart Butler, Dave Kendall, and Len Nichols

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In this first Issue Brief of the new CHPRE series, Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation, Dave Kendall of Third Way and Len Nichols of CHPRE explain why and how policy makers can create incentives for states to engage private and federal stakeholders in health care cost containment activities that need to be jumpstarted, but likely will not without state engagement.

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