St. Louis federal circuit court judge Jean Hamilton has dismissed a lawsuit brought by State Representative Paul Wieland challenging the HHS Mandate, ruling that he did not have legal standing to challenge the law. Wieland alleged in the lawsuit that as a result of the HHS mandate he has been denied the ability to opt out of having coverage in his state-issued health insurance plan for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, which he objected to having included in his health plan and the plan covering his wife and minor daughters. Missouri law allowed individual employees to opt out of having such coverage in their health plans prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
The court ruled that Wieland did not have legal standing to challenge the law as an individual and that the proper parties were not named in the suit. Wieland’s attorney, Tim Belz of St. Louis, plans to appeal the ruling to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Stay tuned for more.
Posted: November 8, 2013