In a highly anticipated decision on Monday, the Supreme Court has ruled that companies cannot be required to pay for contraception coverage for their employees if it violates their religious beliefs. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the justices found that "closely held" private businesses have the same rights under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act as non-profit organizations.
This case is one of a slew of objections to the so-called "contraception mandate" in the Affordable Care Act, which initially required that organizations bigger than a certain size include coverage of roughly two dozen kinds of birth control in their insurance plans. Now, it looks like there will be even more complexity in how that "mandate" gets carried out: The Court has accepted that the law may come into conflict with certain religious beliefs. Since there are other, less burdensome ways for the government to accomplish its goal of making sure women have access to contraception, then these companies have a right to some sort of accommodation from the law.
Which seems to be an important point here: This ruling does not necessarily mean that women who work at these companies or others like them won't get access to birth control coverage. It's more a matter of who has to pay for it: The government can't require businesses to include contraception in their plans, but businesses also can't prevent their employees from having access to birth control.