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Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge Grants Injunction To Privately Held For-Profit After Hobby Lobby

DETROIT - The government may not enforce the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate against a privately held for-profit company, a Michigan federal judge held Nov. 17 (M & N Plastics Inc., et al. v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 13-14754, E.D. Mich.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Federal Judge Grants Injunction To Privately Held For-Profit After Hobby Lobby

DETROIT - The government may not enforce the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate against a privately held for-profit company, a Michigan federal judge held Nov. 17 (M & N Plastics Inc., et al. v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 13-14754, E.D. Mich.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Enjoins ACA Birth Control Mandate, Excludes Future Regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma federal judge on Nov. 19 enjoined application of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate against Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. but limited his judgment to the regulation as it existed at the time of the Supreme Court's ruling on the issue (Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-1000, W.D. Okla.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge Enjoins ACA Birth Control Mandate, Excludes Future Regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma federal judge on Nov. 19 enjoined application of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate against Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. but limited his judgment to the regulation as it existed at the time of the Supreme Court's ruling on the issue (Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-1000, W.D. Okla.).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Enjoins ACA Birth Control Mandate, Excludes Future Regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma federal judge on Nov. 19 enjoined application of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate against Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. but limited his judgment to the regulation as it existed at the time of the Supreme Court's ruling on the issue (Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-1000, W.D. Okla.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Government Tells 8th Circuit That Hobby Lobby Endorsed Accommodation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The government on Nov. 18 responded to two religious schools' argument that Hobby Lobby was not an implicit endorsement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) accommodation allowing religious objectors to avoid paying for contraceptive insurance coverage as a means of ensuring insurance coverage while protecting religious rights (Dordt College and Cornerstone University v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 14-2726, 8th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - Government Tells 8th Circuit That Hobby Lobby Endorsed Accommodation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The government on Nov. 18 responded to two religious schools' argument that Hobby Lobby was not an implicit endorsement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) accommodation allowing religious objectors to avoid paying for contraceptive insurance coverage as a means of ensuring insurance coverage while protecting religious rights (Dordt College and Cornerstone University v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 14-2726, 8th Cir.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Government Tells 8th Circuit That Hobby Lobby Endorsed Accommodation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The government on Nov. 18 responded to two religious schools' argument that Hobby Lobby was not an implicit endorsement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) accommodation allowing religious objectors to avoid paying for contraceptive insurance coverage as a means of ensuring insurance coverage while protecting religious rights (Dordt College and Cornerstone University v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 14-2726, 8th Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - Government Tells 8th Circuit That Hobby Lobby Endorsed Accommodation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The government on Nov. 18 responded to two religious schools' argument that Hobby Lobby was not an implicit endorsement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) accommodation allowing religious objectors to avoid paying for contraceptive insurance coverage as a means of ensuring insurance coverage while protecting religious rights (Dordt College and Cornerstone University v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 14-2726, 8th Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - Judge Enjoins ACA Birth Control Mandate, Excludes Future Regulations

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma federal judge on Nov. 19 enjoined application of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate against Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. but limited his judgment to the regulation as it existed at the time of the Supreme Court's ruling on the issue (Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-1000, W.D. Okla.).

Mealey's Health Law - Federal Judge Grants Injunction To Privately Held For-Profit After Hobby Lobby

DETROIT - The government may not enforce the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate against a privately held for-profit company, a Michigan federal judge held Nov. 17 (M & N Plastics Inc., et al. v. Sylvia Burwell, et al., No. 13-14754, E.D. Mich.).

Mealey's Insurance - ACA 'Maintenance Of Effort' Requirement Constitutional, 1st Circuit Finds

BOSTON - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulation requiring that states maintain existing Medicaid services is not unconstitutional under two recent Supreme Court precedents, a First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Nov. 17 (Mary C. Mayhew, in her capacity as Secretary of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services v. Sylvia M. Burwell, et al., No. 14-1300, 1st Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 21723).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Rejects Trade Group's Suit Challenging Fees On Non-Exchange Insurers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia's assessment of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange fees on insurance products offered outside the exchange resulted from reasonable analysis within the normal political channels, a District of Columbia federal judge ruled Nov. 13 in dismissing a trade group's action (American Council of Life Insurers v. District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange Authority, et al., No. 14-1138, D. D.C.).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Rejects Trade Group's Suit Challenging Fees On Non-Exchange Insurers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia's assessment of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange fees on insurance products offered outside the exchange resulted from reasonable analysis within the normal political channels, a District of Columbia federal judge ruled Nov. 13 in dismissing a trade group's action (American Council of Life Insurers v. District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange Authority, et al., No. 14-1138, D. D.C.).

Mealey's Health Law - ACA 'Maintenance Of Effort' Requirement Constitutional, 1st Circuit Finds

BOSTON - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulation requiring that states maintain existing Medicaid services is not unconstitutional under two recent Supreme Court precedents, a First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Nov. 17 (Mary C. Mayhew, in her capacity as Secretary of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services v. Sylvia M. Burwell, et al., No. 14-1300, 1st Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 21723).

Mealey's Health Law - Judge Rejects Trade Group's Suit Challenging Fees On Non-Exchange Insurers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia's assessment of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange fees on insurance products offered outside the exchange resulted from reasonable analysis within the normal political channels, a District of Columbia federal judge ruled Nov. 13 in dismissing a trade group's action (American Council of Life Insurers v. District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange Authority, et al., No. 14-1138, D. D.C.).

Mealey's Insurance - Federal D.C. Appeals Panel Finds ACA Opt Out Protects Religious Beliefs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The de minimus "bit of paperwork" required to opt out of contraceptive coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s contraceptive mandate does not substantially burden religious exercise and is the least restrictive means of ensuring universal access to such coverage, the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Nov. 14 (Priests for Life, et al. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 13-5368; Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., Nos. 13-5371, 14-5021, D.C. Cir.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Federal D.C. Appeals Panel Finds ACA Opt Out Protects Religious Beliefs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The de minimus "bit of paperwork" required to opt out of contraceptive coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s contraceptive mandate does not substantially burden religious exercise and is the least restrictive means of ensuring universal access to such coverage, the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Nov. 14 (Priests for Life, et al. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 13-5368; Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., Nos. 13-5371, 14-5021, D.C. Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - Federal D.C. Appeals Panel Finds ACA Opt Out Protects Religious Beliefs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The de minimus "bit of paperwork" required to opt out of contraceptive coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s contraceptive mandate does not substantially burden religious exercise and is the least restrictive means of ensuring universal access to such coverage, the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Nov. 14 (Priests for Life, et al. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., No. 13-5368; Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., Nos. 13-5371, 14-5021, D.C. Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - D.C. Circuit Stays Argument, En Banc Review In ACA Subsidy Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 12 stayed oral arguments and en banc review of a ruling that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) bars subsidies for individuals enrolling in insurance through the federal exchange. The action followed the plaintiffs' Nov. 10 motion seeking a stay in light of the Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in King v. Burwell (No. 14-114, U.S. Sup.) (Jacqueline Halbig, et al. v. Sylvia M. Burwell, et al., No. 14-5018, D.C. Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - ACA Subsidy Challengers Seek Stay Of D.C. Circuit Court's En Banc Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in King v. Burwell (No. 14-114, U.S. Sup.) warrants staying en banc review of a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) case challenging the availability of tax subsidies, plaintiffs told the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 10 (Jacqueline Halbig, et al. v. Sylvia M. Burwell, et al., No. 14-5018, D.C. Cir.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - ACA Subsidy Challengers Seek Stay Of D.C. Circuit Court's En Banc Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in King v. Burwell (No. 14-114, U.S. Sup.) warrants staying en banc review of a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) case challenging the availability of tax subsidies, plaintiffs told the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 10 (Jacqueline Halbig, et al. v. Sylvia M. Burwell, et al., No. 14-5018, D.C. Cir.).

Mealey's Health Law - ACA Subsidy Challengers Seek Stay Of D.C. Circuit Court's En Banc Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in King v. Burwell (No. 14-114, U.S. Sup.) warrants staying en banc review of a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) case challenging the availability of tax subsidies, plaintiffs told the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 10 (Jacqueline Halbig, et al. v. Sylvia M. Burwell, et al., No. 14-5018, D.C. Cir.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. High Court Agrees To Decide Availability Of Subsidies In State Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 7 agreed to decide whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes tax subsidies for individuals who enroll in insurance through state exchanges (David King, et al. v. Sylvia Mathew Burwell, et al., No. 14-114, U.S. Sup.).

Mealey's Insurance - U.S. High Court Agrees To Decide Availability Of Subsidies In State Exchanges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 7 agreed to decide whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes tax subsidies for individuals who enroll in insurance through state exchanges (David King, et al. v. Sylvia Mathew Burwell, et al., No. 14-114, U.S. Sup.).