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Affordable Care Act
6:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 8:12 pm

There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.

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Health Care
6:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green says the company should not have to provide insurance coverage for IUDs and morning-after pills for its 13,000 employees.
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Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:23 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.

This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.

In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. That turned out to include all 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Affordable Care Act
10:36 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Oklahoma AG Files Brief In Hobby Lobby Case

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a brief in support of Hobby Lobby as its challenge to a portion of the Affordable Care Act moves forward at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby is challenging a portion of the nation's new health care law that would require it to supply certain types of contraception to its employees. The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in March.

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Associated Press Picks
6:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Oklahoma's Top Ten Stories

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Associated Press members overwhelmingly picked the Moore tornado and other violent storms as the top story of 2013.

Coming in second was the slaying of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Duncan. Third was the conviction of two former lawmakers in a bribery case, and the custody battle over Baby Veronica is fourth.

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Law
5:11 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Supreme Court Takes Challenge To Obamacare Contraceptive Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take another case involving the Affordable Care Act, this time a challenge to the provision that for-profit companies that provide health insurance must include contraceptive coverage in their plans offered to employees.
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Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 5:55 pm

President Obama's Affordable Care Act will be back before the Supreme Court this spring. This time, the issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections may refuse to provide contraceptive services in health insurance plans offered to employees.

In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers who offer health care services to provide a range of preventive care, including no-copay contraceptive services. Religious nonprofits were exempted from this requirement, but not for-profit corporations.

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Affordable Care Act
11:17 am
Tue November 26, 2013

UPDATE: Supreme Court Will Take Up Hobby Lobby Health Law Dispute

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The Supreme Court has agreed to referee another dispute over President Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.

(Updated at 4:33 p.m. with a statement from U.S. Rep. James Lankford [R-Okla. 5])

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Confused By Conflicting Decisions
6:23 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Hobby Lobby Wants To Go To Supreme Court

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Lawyers for Hobby Lobby have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the company's lawsuit against the federal health care law's requirement that coverage include access to the morning-after pill.

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New Jersery Blogger Complained
5:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Hobby Lobby Persuaded To Carry Jewish Merchandise

Dreidels, a Jewish toy
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The president of Hobby Lobby says the chain will start carrying Jewish merchandise in some of its stores after a New Jersey blogger complained about a lack of Hanukkah items.

Steve Green told The Associated Press that the chain is looking at carrying items this holiday season in stores near areas with large Jewish populations. He could not comment on what the items would be.

The change came about after blogger Ken Berwitz said a Hobby Lobby employee told him that the chain doesn't stock Jewish merchandise because the Green family is Christian.

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Affordable Care Act
11:30 am
Thu September 19, 2013

U.S. Tells Court It Will Challenge OKC-Based Hobby Lobby Order

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Lawyers for the federal government plan to fight an order that lets Hobby Lobby and a sister company avoid fines while they fight some sorts of birth control for its workers.

Attorneys representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed a notice in federal court Tuesday saying it would lodge an appeal. A lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and Mardel's interests said he was puzzled, saying the 10th Circuit has resolved much of the case.  

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Affordable Care Act
4:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Attorney: Contraception Mandate Losing Legal Battle

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An attorney representing Hobby Lobby Inc. says “the tide is turning” against a federal mandate requiring companies to pay for what they view as unacceptable forms of contraception for their workers.

Kyle Duncan said Friday’s ruling by a federal judge exempting Hobby Lobby from paying for the medications as part of the store’s health care plan likely means the mandate will die.

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