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White House may have advantage in upcoming ACA contraception case
Modern Healthcare

Experts say the White House may have some advantages going into a U.S. Supreme Court case centering on questions of religious freedom and the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide birth control coverage to employees.

But the government will also face questions about whether it truly has shown a compelling interest in making sure all women get contraception coverage. The justices are taking up the issue on Wednesday.

Religious not-for-profit groups are challenging an Obama administration policy that says if they want to opt out of the ACA’s contraception mandate, they must notify their third-party administrator or provide information to HHS so the government can arrange contraception coverage. The not-for-profits say taking any part in helping their employees access birth control violates their religious beliefs.