As Supreme Court Sends Back Birth Control Case, Both Sides Claim Victory

Supporters of insurance coverage for birth control rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court in March.i

Supporters of insurance coverage for birth control rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court in March.

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Supporters of insurance coverage for birth control rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court in March.

Supporters of insurance coverage for birth control rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court in March.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

When it comes to the issue of religious rights versus no-cost contraception, the only thing the Supreme Court could agree on was not to decide.

In an unsigned opinion issued Monday, the court sent a series of cases back to a raft of federal appeals courts, with instructions for those courts and the parties in the lawsuits to try harder to work things out. “The Court expresses no view on the merits of the cases,” the opinion said.

At issue is the extent to which religiously affiliated employers (such as universities or hospitals) need to participate in the requirement under the Affordable Care Act for most employer health plans to provide no-cost

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/16/478262940/supreme-court-sends-obamacare-birth-control-case-back-to-lower-courts?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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