U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Photo: Mike Scarcella/ALM

A judicial ruling that would nullify a mandate requiring certain preventive services under the Affordable Care Act continues to wind its way through the federal court system. On Tuesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard oral arguments over a Biden administration request that it pause the earlier decision. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor is on hold under an administrative stay while the appeals court considers whether it should be frozen long-term while the appeal of the case plays out. A ruling could come as soon as this week, say legal experts.

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