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White House to Modify Contraceptive Coverage Accommodation for Religiously Affiliated Not-For-Profit Groups
The Obama administration in a brief filed Tuesday said it was revising the contraceptive coverage accommodation to provide an alternative way for religiously affiliated not-for-profit organizations to object to providing contraceptive coverage to their employees, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Appeals Courts Issue Different Rulings on Legality of Tax Subsidies for Consumers Buying Health Insurance Through ACA's Federal
Two federal appeals courts on Tuesday issued conflicting rulings on whether the federal government can provide subsidies to U.S. residents who purchase coverage through the Affordable Care Act's federally operated insurance marketplaces, the New York Times reports.

Wis. Will No Longer Enforce State Contraceptive Coverage Requirements for Companies With Religious Objections
In light of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Wisconsin officials will no longer enforce a state law that requires insurers to cover prescribed contraceptives for companies that have religious objections to such medications, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

NYT: Hobby Lobby Ruling May Exacerbate Economic Inequality by Treating Corporations as People
"[B]eneath the political implications," there are "significant economic undertones" of the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, writes New York Times columnist Binyamin Appelbaum. He argues, "It expands the right of corporations to be treated like people, part of a trend that may be contributing to the rise of economic inequality."

In House, Maternity, Paternity Leave Policies Vary Significantly by Office
Most House offices offer some amount of paid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (PL 103-3), but the amount of paid and unpaid time off varies significantly, Roll Call's "Hill Navigator" reports.

Johns Hopkins To Pay $190M To Settle Charges That Women Were Secretly Filmed by Doctor During Pelvic Exams
Johns Hopkins Hospital on Monday agreed to pay $190 million to more than 7,000 women to settle charges that a doctor working at a community clinic that the hospital owned secretly recorded their pelvic exams, the New York Times reports. The settlement is one of the largest of its kind in a medical malpractice case, according to the Times.