By: Kelly Dempsey, Esq.
A few weeks ago we reported the two lawsuits that have challenged the contraceptive coverage rule changes issued by the Trump administration. For the purposes of this blog, we will skip a review of the procedural process that allows parties not subject to a lawsuit to appeal an injunction – just note that there is a process that must be followed before a party can intervene.
With that said, an appeal was filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence (“Little Sisters”) that challenges the preliminary injunction obtained by California and four other states. As a reminder, the injunction blocks the implementation of the interim final rules from October 2017 that broadens the exemptions from the contraceptive mandate. The Little Sisters have also appealed the Pennsylvania case.
At the same time as the appeals from the Little Sisters, the March for Life Education and Defense Fund has also been granted permission to intervene in the California case and has subsequently filed an appeal.
Movement through the courts on these types of cases can be slow, but movement is movement. We will continue to watch these cases as the develop and will further address the implications for self-funded plans when action needs to be taken.