Speak Up to Keep Your Boss Out of Your Health Care

The Supreme Court decided November 26 that it would hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement. More than 40 for-profit companies (businesses whose goal is making money) have sued for the right to deny their employees access to this contraceptive coverage. This effort is led by Hobby Lobby, a for-profit arts and crafts chain. These companies want the right to put themselves between women and their doctors. 

Under the ACA, certain preventive health care services are covered without co-pay or cost-sharing. Contraception is covered, as are immunizations, annual physicals, and certain screenings. The Supreme Court‘s decision to hear the challenge to this coverage is dangerous to women and everyone else.

If the Supreme Court rules in Hobby Lobby’s favor, the ruling could open a slippery slope for women and anyone seeking medical care. In the not-so-distant future, your boss could deny more than just your vacation request. She could deny your contraception and make medical decisions that should stay between you and your doctor. In the name of corporate religious liberty, your boss could deny coverage of vaccines, surgeries, blood transfusions, or mental health care. 

Take action and write a letter to your local paper about this case and the impact it could have on women and everyone else.

Step 1 - Select a Recipient

Search for publications in your area based on a certain mile radius around your zip code. Choose one publication for your letter to editor from the list. Then you will see sample talking points for you to edit and send your letter. Remember, letters to the editor usually need to be 250 words or less to be published.

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Step 2 - Write your message