Several states sue to block exeption rule to HHS contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON — The Little Sisters of the Poor, who have always been known for their care for the elderly poor, have been in the spotlight for the past six years with their objection to the federal government's requirement that they provide insurance coverage of contraceptives for their employees.

They hoped the issue was behind them after a new rule was issued in October by the Department of Health and Human Services granting an exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious nonprofits who oppose the mandate on religious grounds.

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