Pharma companies have condemned a federal judge’s ruling that a Texas business shouldn’t be required to cover HIV-prevention drugs under religious freedom law.
Braidwood Management, Kelley Orthodontics and a handful of Texas residents filed a complaint against the US back in 2020, arguing that an Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate requiring the coverage of preventative services, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV drugs, violates their religious beliefs. US district judge Reed O’Connor sided with plaintiffs on Wednesday, writing in his opinion that the mandate infringes on Braidwood’s rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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