Supreme Court Allows Exclusion of Contraceptive Coverage
In the 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court ruled that closely-held, for-profit corporations are not required to provide contraceptive coverage as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) if coverage of contraceptives violates the sincerely held religious beliefs of the companies’ owners.
The Court was careful to point out the limited scope of its decision…
It applies only to closely-held companies with very few shareholders. It does not apply to larger, publicly-traded, for-profit companies, and it does not change the current contraceptive requirements for other employers.
It applies only to the PPACA contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to apply to other insurance coverage mandates that conflict with an employer’s religious beliefs.
It also does not allow discrimination based on religious objections.