January 24, 2020
The Supreme Court on Friday announced it will hear two cases on whether employer health plans should be allowed religious and moral exemptions from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement to cover birth control. The Trump administration in November 2018 issued final rules to allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control, but federal judges stopped the rules from taking effect. The justices said Friday they would hear the administration’s appeal of lower-court decisions that blocked the rules nationwide. In the case before the court, Pennsylvania and New Jersey sued the administration, arguing that its exemptions would unlawfully deny preventive health care to millions of women. The Supreme Court will decide whether the Trump administration may allow employers to limit women’s access to free birth control under the ACA.