Courts give last-minute relief from HHS contraceptive mandate

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the midst of their New Year’s Eve celebration with low-income elderly residents, the Baltimore-based Little Sisters of the Poor learned that the Supreme Court issued an injunction temporarily protecting them from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. The order by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, issued within hours of the mandate taking …

USCCB asks president for exemption from fines over ACA compliance

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from fines related to health insurance requirements while legal challenges work their way through the courts. “The administration’s flexibility in implementing the (Affordable Care Act) has not yet reached those who want only to exercise what has …