Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss's Business Act
Women's health advocates came together in Central Florida last week to rally against the US Supreme Court's June ruling in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and push for federal legislation to overturn the decision.
In an attempt to reverse the ruling, several Democrats introduced the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act, referred to as the Not My Boss's Business Act, in both the House and Senate in July. It would prohibit employers from refusing to offer health coverage - including contraceptives - guaranteed to their employees under federal law. The bill also provides that no federal law, including RFRA, permits employers from refusing to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The bill was blocked in the Senate last month, but Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated that he intends to hold another vote on the bill later this year. The House version of the bill has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. Last Friday, constituents delivered 135 petitions to Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL) in support of the bill.
Media Resources: West Orlando News 8/1/14; Feminist Newswire 7/1/14, 7/8/14, 7/17/14
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .