KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas City-area companies that challenged the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate won’t be required to cover birth control as part of their employees’ health care plans.
Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Senior U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith on Wednesday barred federal officials from enforcing the requirement against Randy Reed Automotive Inc. and Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Smith issued separate – and except for the names of the companies – identically worded orders in the cases. The outcomes were expected in the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision.