The Earle Cabell Federal Bldg. houses the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Today, a federal judge in Texas struck down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers and employers cover free preventive screenings for cancer, heart disease, HIV and other diseases. The decision, which applies nationwide and takes effect immediately, threatens access to over 100 million Americans who use these services, which include mammograms and STD testing.

Judge Reed C. O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas –who previously struck down the entire ACA law before it was upheld by the Supreme Court – granted Braidwood Management Inc.’s request to block an ACA requirement for cost-sharing coverage of preventive services.

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