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Ill. Judge Blocks State Coverage Law

 Ill. Judge Blocks State Coverage Law

January 16, 2013 — DuPage County, Ill., Circuit Court Judge Terence Sheen granted Triune Health Group, a for-profit company based in Illinois, a temporary restraining order against a state requirement that employee health plans include contraceptive coverage, the AP/State Journal-Register reports (AP/State Journal-Register, 1/16).

Earlier this month, a federal judge granted Triune a temporary injunction against the federal contraceptive coverage rules. The company's Catholic owners, Christopher and Mary Anne Yep, object to covering EC or sterilization in their employee health plan because they believe the practices are "gravely wrong and sinful," according to the lawsuit (Women's Health Policy Report, 1/7).

The latest decision is the first state court ruling to find that laws protecting religious freedom preempt Illinois' contraceptive coverage law, according to the Thomas More Society (AP/State Journal-Register, 1/16).