Washington State Insurance Commissioner Commissioner Mike Kreidler on Monday called the Supreme Court's ruling on Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. a blow to women's reproductive rights.
“Today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is a direct hit against reproductive health. It is an injustice to everyone who has fought for decades to bring health insurance parity to women in Washington state and nationwide,” Kreidler said in a release statement Monday. “The court has essentially said that a corporation’s religious affiliation can trump women’s health care choices.”
Under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurers must make FDA-approved contraceptives available free of charge without being subject to deductibles or copayments.
But Hobby Lobby argued it shouldn't be required to pay for employees' contraceptives because of the religious beliefs of its owners. It argued their religious freedom rights were more important that the government's interest in protecting women's access to reproductive healthcare.
The Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, allowing for certain non-profit corporations to refused to pay for employees' contraceptive coverage based on religious grounds.