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Federal D.C. Appeals Panel Finds ACA Opt Out Protects Religious Beliefs

Mealey's (June 15, 2015, 1:18 PM EDT) -- 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, 2014 (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,...
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