August 3, 2012. (Romereports.com)
In the first legal ruling on the HHS mandate, a Colorado judge has temporarily blocked its implementation after a lawsuit by a Colorado heating company said the mandate violate their religious freedom.
The new rule which took effect on August 1 requires employers’ health plans to cover sterilization, contraception, and preventive care medicine for women.
The court order is limited to the company Hercules which filed suit. The injunction will not affect other businesses or non-profit religious groups that will have to comply with the mandate. Companies that do not cooperate will be forced to pay a fine of $100 per day for every employee.
There are currently over 20 lawsuits pending around the country against the HHS mandate.