IFLM filed a lawsuitregulations issued under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that forces employers to provide, directly or indirectly, insurance plans with coverage of abortifacient drugs and devices.
In its complaint, IFLM pled that “[u]nder the regulations, IFLM has until its first group health insurance plan renewal after January 1, 2014, to either include certain drugs, devices, and/or procedures that are abortifacients or arrange for its insurance carriers or others to provide the same.”
IFLM’s health insurance is self-insured and renews on December 1, 2014. The ministry has more than fifty full-time employees covered by its group health insurance plan and the plan is not a “grandfathered” plan under the PPACA. IFLM is not a “church” for purposes of exemptions under PPACA.
Defendants named in the lawsuit include Sylvia Mathews Burwell, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; the United States Department of Health and Human Services; Thomas E. Perez, in his official capacity as the Secretary of the United States Department of Labor; the United States Department of Labor; Jacob J. Lew, in his official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury; and the United States Department of the Treasury.
In a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas, Liberty Institute’s Deputy General Counsel Matthew Kacsmaryk stated “We are very encouraged by today’s outcome. This is an important victory for faith-based ministries that seek to provide life-affirming healthcare insurance for all their employees.” Mr. Kacsmaryk continued, “IFLM believes it is a religious imperative to provide healthcare insurance and defend unborn human life. Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the federal government cannot force IFLM to choose between these two religious beliefs.”
Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2.