WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.
Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block a regulation implementing a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). The regulation requires non-grandfathered health plans and individual health insurance policies to cover basic preventive services without imposing cost-sharing requirements on the enrollees. A preventive services package regulation requires health plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.
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