ACA Morning-After Mandate Bucks Religious Freedom: Judge

Law360, Los Angeles (June 25, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Tuesday blocked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer-provided health insurance cover emergency contraceptives against Beckwith Electric Co. Inc., citing likelihood of injury under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Beckwith Electric CEO Thomas R. Beckwith filed suit in March, seeking a preliminary injunction to enjoin the enforcement of the regulatory mandate, which compels health care coverage that would include provision of any U.S. Food and Drug Administration-defined emergency contraceptive. Beckwith, a...
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