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Catholic Groups Try to Block ACA Transgender Coverage Rule

Dec. 29, 2016, 7:05 PM

Catholic organizations in North Dakota shouldn’t have to provide insurance that covers transgender surgeries, the groups told a federal court Dec. 28 (Catholic Benefits Ass’n v. Burwell, D.N.D., No. 3:16-cv-432, filed 12/28/16).

The Catholic Benefits Association, Catholic Charities of North Dakota and the Diocese of Fargo filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota seeking to block a rule that includes sexual orientation and gender identity in the definition of sex for the purposes of the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination provision.

The suit is ...