ST. LOUIS - A Missouri federal judge on Jan. 29 dismissed a case brought by a group of Catholic institutions challenging a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) mandating that all health plans provide preventive services for free, including those for birth control (Archdiocese of St. Louis, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 12-924, E.D. Mo.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11578).