Justice Won’t Delay Insurance RuleDigg This!
Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court refused to block enforcement next week of a requirement in the health care overhaul that some companies provide insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices. In an order Wednesday, Justice Sotomayor, who hears emergency appeals from the 10th Circuit, said two companies controlled by the Oklahoma City billionaire David Green and his family did not qualify for an injunction while they challenged the rule. The companies, Hobby Lobby Stores, with more than 500 stores, and Mardel, with 35 Christian bookstores, said it violated their religious beliefs to require their health plans to cover contraception. Justice Sotomayor did not rule on the merits of the claims, and said that even without an injunction, the companies could continue their challenge in the lower courts.