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8th Circuit Finds ACA Accommodation Process Violates Religious Rights

Mealey's (September 18, 2015, 10:06 AM EDT) -- ST. LOUIS — The process of opting out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate substantially burdens two employers’ religious practice, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 17 (Sharpe Holdings Inc., et al. v. United States Department of Health & Human Services, et al., No. 14-1507, 8th Cir.).

(Opinion available. Document #93-150930-022Z.)

The ACA and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (collectively, ACA) contain a mandate that requires most health care plans to provide free “preventative” services....
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