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Health Worker Conscience Rule Do-Over Possible But Not Easy

Nov. 22, 2019, 10:40 AM

Nothing is stopping the Trump administration from taking another crack at expanding conscience protections to virtually all health-care workers, but attorneys say a second attempt would look strikingly different than the government’s first go-round.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ rule allowing health-care workers to refuse to treat patients when they have a religious or moral objection has been rebuked by three federal courts. The decisions mark a victory for opponents who say the rule threatens to put the personal views of providers above the needs of patients.

Though the HHS is expected to appeal the decisions, attorneys say...

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