Even with the Supreme Court ruling last month to uphold the most controversial components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many other legal challenges are still pending. A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by Florida and six other states that contested the requirement that insurance plans offered to employees includes coverage for contraceptives, the News Service of Florida reported today.
Religious organization, including group representing Catholic bishops, vocally opposed the mandates and their charge was taken up by the seven states who filed suit in February. The Obama administration defended the contraception coverage requirement, saying the rule assures that women have access to free contraception regardless of where she works or whom she works for.
The court ruling is another loss for Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and other state officials who are vehemently opposed to the health care law.