Ave Maria University files 2nd lawsuit to block HHS mandate
August 30, 2013
Ave Maria University has filed a new lawsuit to block enforcement of the HHS mandate, which would require to Catholic institution to include contraceptive coverage in employees’ health-insurance policies.
An earlier lawsuit by Ave Maria was dismissed in federal court, with the judge explaining that the Obama administration had promised amendments to the plan to accommodate religious institutions. Jim Towey, the president of Ave Maria, notes that the changes in the HHS mandate leave the fundamental problem in place, and violate the religious freedom of the institution.
Ave Maria would face fines of up to $7 million when the Obama health-care policy takes full effect on the school in January 2014, Towey says.