In State of California v. Health and Human Services, (ND CA, Dec. 21, 2017), a California federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Trump Administration’s Interim Final Rules issued in October (see prior posting) expanding exemptions from the ACA contraceptive coverage mandate for those with religious or moral objections.  The court ordered the government, pending resolution on the merits, to proceed under the narrower exemption regime that was in effect prior to October.  The court concluded that plaintiffs had shown a likelihood that they will succeed on their claim that the government violated the Administrative Procedure Act by promulgating the Interim Final Rules without advance notice and comment.  Americans United issued a press release announcing the decision.  Last week another federal district court issued a similar preliminary injunction. (See prior posting.)



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