Philadelphia Archdiocese Sues Government Over ACA ‘Contraceptive Mandate'

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services, and others, over a contraceptive provision in the Affordable Care Act that the Archdiocese alleges violates its religious rights.

The provision in dispute is a requirement that group health insurance plans cover preventative care for women, which was determined by HHS to include coverage for “the full range of Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling for women with reproductive capacity.”

In its lawsuit filed Monday at U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Archdiocese notes if an employer’s group health plan fails to comply with the contraceptive mandate, the employer is subject to “devastating” penalties of $100 per day per beneficiary. That amounts to a fine of $160,000 per day for the Archdiocese and its affiliates, the Archdiocese claims. Read more about this story on

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