Supreme Court decisions will trickle down

By Matt Porter |

Published 06/30 2014 05:35PM

Updated 07/01 2014 11:24AM

ILLINOIS -- The Supreme Court makes a landmark decision which could affect healthcare coverage for millions. Monday's ruling stems from a challenge filed by Hobby Lobby. At issue was whether companies had to cover contraception.

It was a big day for the high court. Two major decisions came down from the U.S. Supreme Court which will have an effect here in Illinois. If you lean left, you're likely feeling lost as each ruling was dominated by four conservative judges.

The first decision involved a case originating right here in Illinois. In a 5 - 4 decision, the court ruled some healthcare workers receiving Medicaid reimbursements as paychecks are not mandated to pay union dues.

Unions say, losing so many fees could make it difficult to continue to represent all home-care workers. Right to Work advocates say it's a victory for their cause against forced unionization.

The other high-profile case was 5 - 4 in favor of the company, Hobby Lobby, which said the new healthcare law's birth control requirement infringed on its freedom of religion. Healthcare advocates say the ruling is a big hit to women's health.

The court ruled narrowly that the decision only affects birth control contraception. The court did not go so far as to include major corporations in the ruling.

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