The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether corporations have to provide health care that covers birth control. The court on Tuesday announced it would hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The Affordable Care Act requires employers to include access to contraceptives in their health insurance policies, but certain corporations feel they should be exempt from that requirement if it conflicts with the religious beliefs of their owners.
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U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) believes that would open the door to companies interfering with the private health decisions of their employees. “There may be other religions who think that other kinds of coverage are not right, or that employers in general just ought to be able to pick and choose, like on a menu, what kind of services they provide,” Schakowsky. Oral arguments in the case will likely be heard in March, with a final ruling due in June. That ruling could answer a broader question as to whether for-profit corporations can make claims regarding religious freedom.
In Illinois, five companies await the Supreme Court ruling. They include Triune Health Group in Oak Brook, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors in Highland and Ozinga Bros., a ready-mix concrete company in Mokena.