Appeals Court Pauses Ruling That Threatened Free Preventive Health Care

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A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily blocked a lower court decision that overturned the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all health plans fully cover certain preventive health services.

The move by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans will put on hold a decision from March that had threatened insurance coverage for recommended services like depression screenings for teenagers and drugs that prevent transmission of H.I.V. The Justice Department had appealed the decision, and the appeals court’s stay will stand while the appeals process plays out.

Why It Matters: Preventive health services are popular.

The ruling earlier this spring overturned one of the most popular requirements of the Affordable Care Act by taking away the financial barriers to a range of preventive services. It had taken effect immediately nationwide and had the potential to affect roughly 150 million Americans enrolled in private health insurance, either through…

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This article was written by Emily Baumgaertner and originally published on