Experts debate effects of Supreme Court ruling on contraceptives

The Supreme Court's ruling that some business owners may claim a religious exemption to HHS rules requiring contraception coverage as an essential health benefit is not likely to have far-reaching effects, some experts say. Many large, closely held businesses that offer birth control coverage are likely to continue to do so, and state rules requiring coverage under gender equity laws still apply. However, other experts say the ruling opens the door for lawsuits to avoid providing other health care services, such as vaccinations and HIV/AIDS care, on religious grounds, and other lawsuits against contraception coverage are ongoing.

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