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Commissioner Jones’ response to Supreme Court contraceptive decision

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For Release: June 30, 2014
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Commissioner Jones’ response to Supreme Court contraceptive decision

SACRAMENTO,Calif. - "I am deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby will deny many women access to contraception and allows many for-profit corporations to impose their owner's religious beliefs on employees. 

Fortunately, employees whose insurance is regulated in California have some protection from this damaging decision. In California, we passed a law more than a dozen years ago to ensure that health insurance plans cover prescription contraceptive methods, which almost all women use at some time in their lives. California law, with its narrow exemption for non-profit religious employers, will continue to ensure that most women have health insurance coverage for a full range of contraceptive options.

As Insurance Commissioner, I am tasked with implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California. The ACA and state law require that health insurance cover preventive healthcare services, including contraceptives, without co-pays or deductibles. I am disappointed that the Supreme Court's decision will impact many employees and their families nationwide, but I will continue to actively protect the rights of Californians to access critical healthcare services."

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones


Media Notes:

  • State law defines a religious employer as a non-profit that primarily serves and employs members of its own faith, and whose primary purpose is the inculcation of religious values. CIC §10123.196.

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