Archdiocese Re-files Lawsuit Challenging HHS Mandate

The Archdiocese of St. Louis re-filed its lawsuit in federal court this week challenging the HHS mandate. A federal court judge dismissed the lawsuit last January, stating that the claim wasn’t “ripe” for consideration, because the mandate wasn’t actually in effect at the time the lawsuit was filed.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule on the mandate this summer, which exempts “churches and their integrated auxiliaries.” However, the exemption did not apply to Catholic Charities of St. Louis, an affiliate of the Archdiocese and an insured under the Archdiocesan health plan.

The re-filed suit challenges the failure of the final rule to exempt Catholic Charities, and the requirement under the final rule that the Archdiocese self-insurance health plan provide coverage to all Catholic Charity employees for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs.
Meanwhile, a federal court in Pennsylvania this week granted an injunction in favor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in a similar lawsuit.



Posted: November 22, 2013

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