Hobby Lobby to Exploit "Grandfather" Loophole to Deny Employees Birth Control

Representatives from Hobby Lobby have announced they will alter their health care plan's start date to avoid having to provide their employees no-cost insurance coverage of birth control.

Health insurance plans that have not been altered since the Affordable Care Act was passed in March 2010 will not have to comply with the new rules until they are renewed or altered. Hobby Lobby plans to take advantage of the "grandfather clause," postponing updates to their health care plan to avoid having to implement the controversial birth control rule they are fighting in the courts.

Hobby Lobby was denied injunctive relief from the law last month. The chain craft store's attorneys announced the corporation would defy the court ruling, which could cost them as much as $1.3 million a day in fines. Qualifying for an exemption from the birth control rule under the grandfather clause could postpone these penalties for a time.

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Alison Tanner

Alison is a recent graduate of the University of California - Davis, where she studied political science and women's studies and served the student body as an ASUCD Senator. She is currently a legal assistant for the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project. Views expressed here are her own.

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