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AG Nessel Issues Statement on Victory in Refusal of Care Lawsuit

LANSING –  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement in response to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s decision to nullify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s “refusal of care” rule and block it from taking effect:

“If implemented, this rule would have done nothing but put Americans’ access to health care in jeopardy,” said Nessel. “Health care treatment should be dictated by approved medical standards and a patient’s decision about the type of care he or she wishes to receive, not the personal beliefs of those who hold themselves out as medical professionals. This decision is not only a victory for this coalition, but for each resident we serve.”

In May, Michigan joined a coalition of 23 states, cities and municipalities in filing a lawsuit to block the rule which sought to allow any health care provider to refuse necessary, and often critical, health care services that conflict with their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

A copy of the decision is available here.