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March 30, 2016

High Court Appears to Seek 3rd Way in Contraceptive Case

The Supreme Court seemed to open the door Tuesday to a compromise ruling in the charged legal fight between the White House and religious nonprofits over the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, reports the Associated Press.

The justices, who appeared to split 4-4 during oral arguments on the case last week, issued an unusual order that both sides file a new round of briefs by April 20 addressing whether contraceptive care could be delivered to faith groups' employees without the organizations having to register a specific objection, as is now required.

Plaintiffs, including faith charities and colleges, say the current rule — under which the government or a private insurer steps in to pay for contraceptive coverage — forces them to violate their religious beliefs because they must sign a form triggering the delivery of such care. In Tuesday's order, the court suggested that nonprofits could notify insurance providers at the time they arrange for coverage that they do not want birth control included; the insurer would then notify workers that it is providing the coverage directly.