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Tice-Harouff v. Johnson

Description:  Dr. Cami Jo Tice-Harouff, a Texas nurse practitioner, is challenging the Biden administration for violating regulatory laws when it deprived women of required health insurance coverage for fertility awareness-based methods of family planning, leaving coverage of only contraceptive and abortifacient drugs and devices.

Dr. Cami Jo Tice-Harouff, a Texas nurse practitioner
Monday, Jul 11, 2022

WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys

WHAT: Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Tice-Harouff v. Johnson

WHEN: Immediately following hearing, which begins at 1:30 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 12

WHERE: William M. Steger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 221 West Ferguson St., Tyler; to schedule an interview, contact ADF Director of Media Relations Elizabeth Ray at (202) 440-3767

TYLER, Texas – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Texas nurse practitioner will be available for media interviews Tuesday following a federal district court hearing in her lawsuit against the Biden administration.

Dr. Cami Jo Tice-Harouff is asking the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, to halt enforcement, while her lawsuit proceeds, of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule that deprives the women she serves of the right to health insurance coverage for fertility awareness-based methods of family planning, leaving coverage of only contraceptive and abortifacient drugs and devices. The Biden administration made the change in December 2021 without responding to any public objections.

“Women shouldn’t have to fear losing their doctor and insurance coverage for fertility awareness instruction as a result of back-room government decisions,” said ADF Senior Counsel Matt Bowman, who will be arguing before the court on behalf of Tice-Harouff. “Countless women rely on Dr. Tice-Harouff’s expertise to help them raise families in a manner consistent with their medical needs. It is wrong and unlawful for the Biden administration to push its own, preferred methods of family planning on all women, while not even explaining its decision or responding to public objections.”

Tice-Harouff, who is a licensed nurse practitioner in Tyler with a doctorate in nursing practice, is also licensed in several other states and provides patients with instruction in several different evidence-based fertility awareness methods of family planning. Those methods provide family planning options by carefully tracking a woman’s fertility.

Tice-Harouff assists many of her patients by billing their insurance providers and then donates the proceeds to a non-profit clinic that provides health care to the needy. The Affordable Care Act prevents insurance plans from imposing any cost-sharing requirements on women seeking “preventative care and screenings.” In 2016, HHS included “instruction in fertility awareness-based methods” as part of this requirement.

However, in December 2021, HHS removed “fertility awareness-based methods” from its list, but without using the notice-and-comment process or giving any rationale, both of which are mandated by the Administrative Procedure Act. HHS allowed only one, hand-picked outside organization to give input into the guidance, which will take effect on December 31, 2022 unless the court issues an injunction.

  • Pronunciation guide: Tice-Harouff (Hair-OFF')

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ABOUT Matt Bowman

Matt Bowman serves as senior counsel and regulatory practice team leader for Alliance Defending Freedom, where he focuses on the impact of administrative law on religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and family. From 2017 to 2020, Bowman was a senior executive service appointee in the Trump administration, serving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy General Counsel, and then in the Office for Civil Rights. Prior to joining HHS, Bowman was an accomplished litigator at ADF for over ten years. Before joining ADF in 2006, Bowman served as a law clerk for Judges Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Michael A. Chagares, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for Judge John M. Roll at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Bowman earned his J.D. summa cum laude and was first in his class at Ave Maria School of Law in 2003. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and Michigan and is admitted to practice at the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal appellate and district courts.

ABOUT Julie Marie Blake

Julie Marie Blake serves as senior counsel for regulatory litigation at Alliance Defending Freedom. Over the last decade, she has been on the front lines of high-profile, precedent-setting cases challenging federal overreach in courts across the country. Blake served as deputy solicitor general for the state of Missouri from 2017 to 2020 and as assistant solicitor general for the state of West Virginia from 2013 to 2017. In these roles, she argued 26 federal and state appeals, including before the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Before entering government service in 2013, Blake was a litigation associate at Baker Botts L.L.P., where she served as volunteer amicus counsel in several ADF cases, including Town of Greece v. Galloway. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 2009. She received her B.A. in Politics and Theology & Religious Studies phi beta kappa from the Catholic University of America in 2006. She is a 2007 Blackstone Fellow. Blake is admitted to practice in multiple states, the Supreme Court, and in many federal district and appellate courts.