Jesse Gelsomini in the Houston Chronicle: Local impact of Supreme Court Birth Control Decision Could be Minimal


Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that closely held, for-profit companies do not have to provide birth control as part of their employee health plans will likely have political ramifications. But practically speaking, the decision probably won't have much of an effect on companies based in the Houston area, employee benefit experts said.

Jesse Gelsomini, who specializes in employee benefits with Haynes and Boone, LLP, said the ruling won't cover a lot of workers. For one thing, he said, a company has to have at least 50 full-time employees before it is subject to the Affordable Care Act. Most small businesses have fewer than that.

The next hurdle is that the company must be "closely held," which means more than 50 percent of the stock must be owned by five or fewer individuals, he said. And the owners must have sincerely held religious beliefs.

Excerpted from the Houston Chronicle, July 1, 2014. Link to article not available.

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