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Health Law’s Birth Control Mandate, Medicare’s Doughtnut Hole Draw Headlines

Drug manufacturers may abandon the health law's provisions to close Medicare's so-called "doughnut hole" if the high court overturns the measure. Also, religious leaders press the Department of Health and Human Services to widen the religious exemption to the health law's birth control mandate.  

Kaiser Health News: Medicare Drug Discounts At Risk If Court Strikes Health Law 
Billions of dollars in drug savings for Medicare beneficiaries may come to an end if the Supreme Court overturns the 2010 federal health law, a drug industry spokesman said Tuesday (Jaffe, 6/12). 

Religion News Service/The Washington Post: Religious Leaders Ask HHS To Broaden Birth Control Exemption
A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid a controversial new mandate that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage (Gibson, 6/12).

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