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Capitol Health Call
August 13, 2014

Lawmakers Respond to Hobby Lobby Ruling

JAMA. 2014;312(6):589. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10024

Democratic lawmakers in Congress quickly attempted to reverse the June 30 Supreme Court decision in Burwell v Hobby Lobby that allows closely held businesses to refuse to provide certain types of contraceptive coverage in their employee health plans based on religious objections. The Senate and House bills would have prohibited for-profit corporations from denying coverage for any specific benefits mandated under the Affordable Care Act, including contraception, by modifying the law that was the basis of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby. A 56 to 43 vote in the Senate on July 16 quashed the bill, however, and the companion legislation is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled House.

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