Implications for Colleges in Decision on Health Law
- Department of Health and Human Services issues final rule on contraceptive mandate
- Final rule issued on college health plans, birth control
- Religious colleges react to new policy on birth control coverage
- Catholic college reverses course on covering contraception
- Wheaton College covered emergency contraception before mandate controversy
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Thursday to uphold most parts of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law passed in 2010, means that several parts of the law applicable to colleges will remain in place. College health plans will still have to comply with more stringent regulations, including the eventual elimination of lifetime benefit caps, following rules put forward in March. And one of the law's most controversial features -- the requirement that employers include contraception as a fully covered preventive care measure with no cost-sharing -- will also stay in place. Several Roman Catholic and evangelical Christian colleges have sued over the requirement, saying it interferes with their right to practice their religion. Those cases could eventually end up before the Supreme Court in a later term.