Tuesday, August 16, 2022

HRSA Wrongly Eliminated Required Insurance Coverage For Natural Family Planning Methods

 In Tice-Harouff v. Johnson, (ED TX, Aug. 12, 2022), a Texas federal district court held that changes in the language of federal regulations specifying the required cost-free contraceptive coverage by qualified health plans eliminated coverage for fertility-awareness based methods. These natural family planning methods are used, among others, by women with religious objections to use of contraceptives. The court held that the Health Resources and Services Administration violated the Notice and Comment requirement of the Administrative Procedure Act in adopting the amendments and that the amendments were arbitrary and capricious. The court rejected the government's claim that the change in language had not eliminated coverage for such methods. ADF issued a press release announcing the decision.