Today the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled against plaintiffs challenging the regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act.  Specifically, the plaintiffs argued that the regulations’ accommodation for nonprofit organizations with a religious objection to providing contraceptive coverage violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The Eleventh Circuit concluded that the regulations do not substantially burden plaintiffs’ religious exercise and further stated that (i) the government has compelling interests to justify the accommodation, and (ii) the accommodation is the least restrictive means of furthering those interests.  The Eleventh Circuit also rejected the plaintiffs’ First Amendment challenges.