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Biden’s HHS Hits Pause on Faith Groups’ Health Grant Rule

Feb. 24, 2021, 5:14 PM

Religious groups won’t be able to more easily receive federal grant funds after the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday delayed the regulation’s effective date until Aug. 11.

The final rule (RIN 0991-AC16), published Jan. 12, technically went into effect Feb. 11 and reversed rulemaking by the Obama administration that prohibited recipients of grants for foster care programs from discriminating on the basis of age, disability, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or same-sex marital status.

Groups that care for LGBT youth sued the HHS on Feb. 4, saying the rule would cause irreparable...

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