States Can't Challenge ACA's Contraception Rule, Feds Say

Law360, New York (May 1, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT) -- Federal agencies told a Nebraska federal court on Monday that states lack standing to challenge regulation requiring employers, including those with religious affiliations, to offer free contraceptives in their health coverage.

Seven states, along with three Catholic nonprofits and two women, filed suit in February, claiming that the rule — which stems from the preventive care provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — violated their rights to free speech, free exercise of religion and freedom of association, as well as the Religious Freedom...
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