Mealey's Health Law - District Of Columbia Appeals Panel Affirms Dismissal Of ACA Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Plaintiffs cannot squeeze the individual insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into an "arbitrary as-applied" exemption to Congress' taxing power, a panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed March 7 (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., et al. v. Kathleen G. Sebelius, et al., No. 13-5003, D.C. Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - Calif. Senator Sues State, Claiming Improper Cancellation Of Insurance Policies

LOS ANGELES - California's health exchange forced the cancellation of 1 million residents' health plans and threatens millions more, despite the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (ACA) exclusion of existing policies from its coverage mandates, a state senator claims in a March 4 complaint (Edward Gaines, Gaines Insurance Agency Inc., et al. v. Peter Lee, in his official capacity as Executive Director of the California Health Benefit Exchange, et al., No. BS147414, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).

Mealey's Insurance - 8th Circuit Urged To Affirm Denial Of Injunction In Birth Control Case

ST. LOUIS - The federal government on Feb. 27 filed a brief with the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, urging the court to affirm the denial of a preliminary injunction in a case brought by a Missouri family challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (Paul Wieland, et al. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, No. 13-3528, 8th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - Split 7th Circuit Affirms Denial Of Injunction In Birth Control Case

CHICAGO - A divided Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Feb. 21 affirmed a decision denying the University of Notre Dame's motion for a preliminary injunction in its case challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (University of Notre Dame v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-3853, 7th Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 3326).

Mealey's Health Law - Split 7th Circuit Affirms Denial Of Injunction In Birth Control Case

CHICAGO - A divided Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Feb. 21 affirmed a decision denying the University of Notre Dame's motion for a preliminary injunction in its case challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (University of Notre Dame v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-3853, 7th Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 3326).

Mealey's Health Law - Mo. Federal Judge Grants Injunction, Halts Law Regulating Insurance Exchanges

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri federal judge on Jan. 23 granted a motion for preliminary injunction, enjoining the enforcement of Missouri's Health Insurance Market Innovation Act (HIMIA) as it applies to entities and individuals certified under federal law to provide services or perform functions pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (St. Louis Effort for Aids, et al. v. John Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, No. 13-4246, W.D. Mo.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8187).

Mealey's Health Law - Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement Of Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan 24 enjoined the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns pending final disposition of an appeal by the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13A691, U.S. Sup.).

Judge: Act Authorizes Tax Credits For Insurance Bought On Federal Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on Jan. 15 granted summary judgment in favor of the federal government in a suit challenging an Internal Revenue Service regulation imposed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that extends eligibility for premium assistance subsidies to people who purchase health insurance through exchanges established by the PPACA (Jacqueline Halbig, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-623, D. D.C.).

Michigan Federal Judge Grants Injunction In Birth Control Case

DETROIT - A Michigan federal judge on Jan. 13 granted a preliminary injunction in favor of five religious organizations challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (The Ave Marie Foundation, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-15198, E.D. Mich.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3516).

Judge Dismisses Suit Over Individual, Employer Mandates In Health Care Act

HOUSTON - A Texas federal judge on Jan. 10 dismissed a case challenging the individual and employer mandates contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), holding that the mandates did not violate the origination clause of the U.S. Constitution or the taking clause of the Fifth Amendment. Also on Jan. 10, the plaintiffs filed a notice indicating their intent to appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Steven F. Hotze, M.D., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-1318, S.D. Texas; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3149).

6th Circuit Panel Affirms Black Lung Survivor Benefits Under Affordable Care Act

CINCINNATI - A unanimous Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 9 ruled that the Black Lung Benefits Act as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act permits the widow of a miner who received benefits for pneumoconiosis to seek survivor benefits even if she was denied benefits before the adoption of the Affordable Care Act (Consolidated Coal Co. v. Lorene Maynes, et al., No. 12-3653, 6th Cir.).

Injunction Pending Appeal Granted After Judge Dismisses Birth Control Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A divided District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 31 granted an emergency motion for injunction pending appeal in a nonprofit religious organization's case challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). By its own motion, the court consolidated the case with a similar case (Priests for Life, et al. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 13-1261, D.C. Cir.).

6th Circuit Grants Injunction Pending Appeal In Birth Control Suit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 31 granted an injunction pending appeal in favor of two Catholic institutions after a Michigan federal judge on Dec. 27 declined to grant a preliminary injunction in favor of the plaintiffs in their suit seeking to keep the government from implementing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against them and their health plans (Michigan Conference, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-2723, 6th Cir.).

Texas Federal Judge Grants Injunction To Halt Implementation Of Mandate

BEAUMONT, Texas - A Texas federal judge on Jan. 2 granted a permanent injunction to halt the implementation of the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas Inc. but dismissed a claim for violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-709, E.D. Texas; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 467).

Government Opposes Supreme Court's Halt Of Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government on Jan. 3 filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing an emergency injunction pending appellate review or, in the alternative, a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment and injunction pending resolution following a Dec. 31 order by Justice Sonia Sotomayor that temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns at the request of the group after a lower court denied a motion for a preliminary injunction in a case challenging the mandate (Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13A691, U.S. Sup.).

Indiana Federal Judge Grants Injunction In Birth Control Suit

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - An Indiana federal judge on Dec. 27 granted a preliminary injunction in favor of two not-for-profit Christ-center institutions of higher learning in their challenge to the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (Grace Schools, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-459, N.D. Ind.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180576).

Preliminary Injunction Granted In Religious Groups' Challenge To Mandate

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An Indiana federal judge on Dec. 27 granted a preliminary injunction in favor of a group of Catholic organizations in their challenge to the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-159, N.D. Ind.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180641).

Supreme Court Justice Halts Birth Control Mandate For Catholic Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 31 temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns at the request of the group after a lower court denied a motion for a preliminary injunction in a case challenging the mandate (Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13A691, U.S. Sup.).

Judge Grants Injunction, Dismisses Plaintiffs In Birth Control Suit

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A New York federal judge on Dec. 16 granted non-Diocesan plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment as to their Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) claim and issued a preliminary injunction in their favor in a challenge to the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) but granted the government's motion for summary judgment as to claims made by Diocesan plaintiffs (The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-2542, E.D. N.Y.).

Catholic Groups Ask For Temporary Restraining Order In Birth Control Suit

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Multiple Catholic organizations on Dec. 10 asked a New York federal judge to grant a temporary restraining order barring implementation and enforcement of the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) until the court can rule on their motion for a preliminary injunction (The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, No. 12-2542, E.D. N.Y.).

Government Urges Appeals Court To Affirm Dismissal Of Individual Mandate Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government on Dec. 9 urged the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to affirm a decision dismissing a suit challenging payments made to the Internal Revenue Service related to the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) decision (Matt Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 13-5202, D.C. Cir.).

High Court Agrees To Hear 2 Challenges To Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 announced that it granted certiorari in two cases challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Both of the cases involve for-profit companies opposed to the mandate on religious grounds. In one of the cases, the lower court granted a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of the mandate, and in the other case, the lower court denied a preliminary injunction (Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-354, U.S. Sup.; Conestoga Woods Specialties Corp., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-356, U.S. Sup.).

Manufacturer Asks 11th Circuit To Affirm Injunction In Birth Control Case

ATLANTA - Plaintiffs challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) asked the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 20 to affirm the grant of a preliminary injunction in their favor (Beckwith Electric Co. Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-13879, 11th Cir.).

Catholic Organizations Oppose Dismissal Of Challenge To Birth Control Mandate

DENVER - Catholic organizations challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) moved in a Colorado federal court on Nov. 22 opposing dismissal of their case (Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-02611, D. Colo.).

Pa. Federal Judge Grants Injunctions In 2 Challenges To Birth Control Mandate

PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania federal judge on Nov. 21 granted motions for expedited preliminary injunctions in two separate cases brought by Catholic organizations challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (Most Reverend David A. Zubik, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-1459, Most Reverend Lawrence T. Persico, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-303, W.D. Pa.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165922).