The Justice Department said Tuesday it plans to seek a court order to put on hold a federal judge's ruling from last month that put in jeopardy some of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandates for insurers to provide no-cost coverage of preventive care treatments, including certain cancer and STD screenings.
"As we've said before, for over a decade, the Affordable Care Act has ensured that millions of Americans have access to critical preventative health care," said a DOJ spokesperson in a statement. "In order to protect Americans who have come to rely on the preventative healthcare measures at issue, the Department of Justice will request a stay in this case."
US District Judge Reed O'Connor, in his ruling late last month, said the federal government could not enforce the healthcare law's preventive care mandates that were put in place under the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. O'Connor concluded that the task force's recommendations issued after the ACA was enacted in 2010 violated [his interpretation of] the Constitution's Appointments Clause.
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