Sep 25, 2012 7:33 PM by Alyse Rzemek
DENVER (AP) - The federal government is appealing an order blocking it from penalizing a Colorado business whose health coverage for employees doesn't cover birth control.
President Barack Obama's health care package requires group health plans to offer no-cost preventive care coverage to women for items including birth control. The owners of the heating and air conditioning business Hercules Industries Inc. challenged the mandate, saying their Roman Catholic beliefs condemn contraception.
In July, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring penalties against Hercules Industries while the lawsuit proceeds.
The government filed notice Tuesday that it is appealing the ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.