Jesse Gelsomini in Law360: Lawyers Weigh In On Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Ruling

07/01/2014


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely held corporations could secure an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s controversial contraception mandate. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is significant...

Jesse Gelsomini, Haynes and Boone, LLP
“The Hobby Lobby decision should not impact many employer-provided health plans. The court limited its ruling to closely held corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs relating to contraceptives. Such corporations are generally small businesses that employ less than 50 employees and thus already exempt from the ACA’s mandates. Under IRS rules, a closely held corporation is controlled by five or fewer individuals. It is unclear how the lower courts will distinguish this holding if a closely held corporation argues that its sincerely held religious beliefs precludes providing health coverage for other procedures or drugs that are incompatible with such beliefs.”

Excerpted from Law360, July 10, 2014. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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