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Hobby Lobby ruling won't alter birth-control coverage for many

NEW YORK (AP) - Don't expect a massive wave of companies to stop paying for employees' contraceptives after this week's Supreme Court decision allowing some businesses to refuse to cover birth control.

Some business owners say they won't pay for any forms of contraception. Others say they'll continue paying for most types, but not those that take effect after conception and that some believe are akin to abortion.

But while the ruling applies to most of the country's small businesses, relatively few workers are likely to lose all contraceptive coverage. Many companies pay for contraception by choice, believing it's an important benefit that helps them attract and retain good workers.

A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 85 percent of large employers already paid for contraceptives before the health care law required it.


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