Court Stays HHS 1557 Regs

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on December 31, 2016  preliminarily enjoined HHS from enforcing, on a nationwide basis, the provisions of the regulation implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or termination of pregnancy. 

The order in Franciscan Alliance, Inc. et al v. Burwell blocks for now HHS implementation or enforcement or rules prohibiting health care providers and others covered by the ACA from discriminating based on gender identity or abortion pending further litigation.

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