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All Eyes on the Supreme Court: More than Birth Control at Stake

On March 25th, the Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by for-profit corporations challenging the ACA’s contraceptive coverage rule on religious grounds. These two corporations are Hobby Lobby, a national chain of craft stores owned by a Christian family and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet manufacturer, owned by a Mennonite family. Beyond the impact on the ACA and contraceptive coverage, the Court’s decision may have implications for religious rights of employers and employees, as well as corporate and civil rights laws. This brief examines three fundamental questions raised by some of the 84 amicus briefs that have been submitted to the Court.

A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Review of the Contraceptive Coverage Requirement

This issue brief dissects the issues raised by the legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that private insurance plans include contraception as part of their coverage of preventive services for women. Over 40 for-profit corporations and over 40 nonprofit corporations have filed lawsuits claiming that the requirement to provide their employees with contraceptives violates their religious rights. On November 26, 2013, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases filed by for-profit corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, that claim that this requirement violates their religious rights. At the crux of these cases is a question that the Supreme Court has not previously addressed: Do for-profit corporations have religious protections under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment? The brief provides background on how the ACA’s contraceptive requirement works, summarizes some of the legal challenges brought by for-profit and non-profit organizations and discusses the implications of potential rulings by the Supreme Court.

AIDS in Gay America: Findings from Focus Groups

Between January and March 2012, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute conducted focus groups in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Dallas with men self-identifying as gay or bisexual to provide insight as to how HIV/AIDS is viewed in the gay community today, what actions are being taken to…

National Survey of Teens and Young Adults on HIV/AIDS

This national survey of 15-24 year olds about HIV/AIDS finds that nearly three times as many Black teens and young adults, and twice as many Latino youth, say HIV/AIDS is an issue that concerns them personally as compared to whites the same age. The poll, designed and analyzed by public…

Understanding the Impact of New Treatments on HIV Testing: Summary of a Forum

Recognizing this as a critical time in the HIV epidemic, the Kaiser Family Foundation convened a meeting on January 28 – 30, 1998 to re-examine HIV testing. Participants from community agencies, advocacy groups, national associations, and all levels of government, as well as researchers and legal experts, were brought together.…

National Survey of Teens and Young Adults on Sexual Health Public Education Campaigns -Toplines

National Survey of Teens and Young Adults on Sexual Health Public Education Campaigns – ToplinesThis random, nationally representative survey of 1,100 16-24 year olds, focuses specifically on the Kaiser/MTV campaign, Fight For Your Rights, and measures the sexual health attitudes, awareness, and behaviors of this target audience. This survey’s results…

Evolution of an Epidemic: 25 Years of HIV/AIDS Media Campaigns in the U.S.

This report focuses on how national media campaigns on HIV/AIDS have evolved over the last 25 years in the U.S., reflecting the changing nature of the disease as awareness and treatment have progressed. It also provides insight on the approaches, historical context and impact of leading national public education campaigns.Report…

Workplace Wellness Programs, Healthy Behaviors and Health Reform

Many large employers offer financial incentives to their employees to exercise regularly, improve their diets, lose weight and quit smoking. Health reform proposals would write some of these incentives into law. But some patient advocates say that, depending on how the incentives are structured, they can make coverage more expensive…