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Countdown To The High Court’s Decision On The Health Law’s Birth Control Coverage Requirement

News outlets report on pending legal actions against the health law. The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month regarding challenges to the overhaul's contraceptive mandate. In addition, arguments will be heard before a Wisconsin district court judge next month regarding a challenge to the health law provision that allows the federal government to pay a portion of the coverage costs for Capitol Hill staffers and lawmakers.   

Politico: Obamacare Hill Subsidy Case To Go To Court
A long-running fight involving Obamacare coverage for Hill staff and lawmakers is getting its day in court this summer. Sen. Ron Johnson’s lawsuit against the Obama administration policy that allows the federal government to pay for a portion of lawmakers’ and staffers’ health insurance policies in the Obamacare exchanges will go before a Wisconsin district court judge on July 7 (Haberkorn, 6/12).

Kaiser Health News: What’s At Stake For Birth Control In Upcoming SCOTUS Decision
One of the most watched cases before the Supreme Court this term will may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans. The justices ruling on Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp v Sebelius, expected by the end of this month, will decide whether those companies, and potentially all other for-profit companies, must abide by the so-called contraceptive mandate. It’s a complicated case, so here is some background (Rovner, 6/13).

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