Skip to main content

Minnetonka employer wants out of Obamacare's contraceptive mandate

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A Catholic-owned medical device company is challenging a federal mandate of the Affordable Care Act that requires insurance companies to offer contraceptive coverage for female employees.

Minnetonka-based Annex Medical, Inc. filed a lawsuit claiming the mandate illegally and unconstitutionally forces the company to abandon the teachings of the Catholic church if it wants to offer group health insurance, FOX 9 reports.

The Pioneer Press said Annex and a Missouri company with similar objections presented their arguments in St. Paul Thursday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Erick Kaardal, an attorney representing Annex, told the Pioneer Press that the company isn't seeking to overturn Obamacare, but wants to find a way to offer health plans in compliance with all other aspects of the law.

The federal government previously issued regulations that exempt certain religious employers from the mandate, but they only apply to nonprofit groups.

The Star Tribune noted there was no clear indication on how the three-judge panel might rule.

Of 70 similar lawsuits filed by employers across the United States, appeals courts have weighed in on three -- two have sided with the government and one ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma City arts and crafts retailer, the Pioneer Press said.

The U.S. Supreme Court will likely take up the Hobby Lobby case before a decision is made in Annex's case, setting a precedent for other pending litigation.

Next Up

Image (1)

School bus carrying students plunges into river southwest of Fargo

None of the kids suffered life-threatening injuries, though some were taken to area hospitals.

Richfield High School

Richfield High School cancels weekend events after shooting

Two men were shot outside the school's football stadium

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.21.38 PM

Sound of shots, mass panic at Richfield football game streamed live on YouTube

Gunfire caused panic at a varsity football game Friday night.

J. Gordon

K-9 search leads to $36K fentanyl seizure during traffic stop

A traffic stop was made after the vehicle was seen speeding through the area.

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 5.20.08 PM

Gov. Walz reacts to Tuesday death of Mankato West student

The governor is a former geography teacher at the high school.

court room

Teen pleads guilty to Minneapolis carjacking, admits to others

The man was yanked out of the vehicle by witnesses before fleeing the scene.

Federal court house

Three plead guilty to roles in murder on Red Lake Reservation

The 2019 murder left another person seriously injured.

image

Sheriff: Heifer shot and butchered on farmer's pasture near Aitkin

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office.

SwearegeneMugDouglasCoJail

Minneapolis murder suspect arrested in Wisconsin

The man has been wanted by police since the shooting happened in April.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Charges: Man kidnapped woman at gunpoint, forced her to withdraw $1,500

The 56-year-old suspect is accused of forcing the woman to the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis.

police lights

Police arrest suspect in Oakdale after 10-hour standoff

The standoff with police lasted over 10 hours Friday.

Related