Health Law Section

This section works to further the knowledge of its members in federal, state and local health care law. The section also sponsors the nationally known annual Health Law Forum, as well as the primer course for attorneys new to the health law practice.

Chair
Community Health Systems...
4000 Meridian Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
(615)465-7115
Immediate Past Chair
Miller & Martin PLLC
832 Georgia Ave Ste 1200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423)756-6600

GOP Lawmakers Want New Abortion Clinic Rules

Five Republican senators have asked Gov. Bill Haslam to order a series of emergency rules to govern how abortion clinics dispose of fetal remains, The Tennessean reports. In a letter to the governor, the lawmakers also asked the governor to authorize a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into Planned Parenthood and Tennessee’s other abortion providers. Planned Parenthood Tennessee officials say neither of its clinics participate in tissue sale or donation programs. 

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6th Circuit: Hobby Lobby Case Not Applicable to Contraception ‘Accommodation’

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said today it will not strike down the Affordable Care Act’s federal contraceptive mandate despite objections from the Michigan Catholic Conference, several Tennessee Catholic nonprofits and other religious-based groups, according to the Detroit News. The organizations had argued their rights were violated under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by the so-called accommodation rule, which allows religious groups to avoid paying for contraceptive services but still requires insurance carriers to provide the services to the groups’ employees. The judges upheld an earlier decision that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby opinion does not apply in this case, but put the mandate will be on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case.

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