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Geneva College v. Secretary United States Department of Health and Human Services, 13-3536

In these consolidated appeals, plaintiffs challenge the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that contraceptive coverage be provided to their plan participants and beneficiaries. Nonprofit plaintiffs are eligible for an accommodation to the contraceptive coverage requirement, but plaintiffs assert that the accommodation violates the Religious Freedom Restriction Act (RFRA) because it forces them to "facilitate" or "trigger" the provision of insurance coverage for contraceptive services, which the oppose on religious grounds. The judgment of the district court granting plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, and in one of the cases converting the preliminary injunction to a permanent injunction, is reversed, where: 1) the accommodation places no substantial burden on plaintiffs' religious exercise; and 2) therefore, the question of whether the accommodation is the least restrictive means of furthering a compelling government interest need not be reached.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/11/2015
  • Published 02/11/2015


  • Rendell


  • United States Third Circuit


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