Eighth Circuit Ruling in St. Louis Effort for AIDS v. Huff

Eighth Circuit Ruling in St. Louis Effort for AIDS v. Huff

Executive Summary

Ruling in Missouri navigator case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed in part and otherwise vacated the preliminary injunction and remanded the case to the district court.

St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (Planned Parenthood) (collectively, appellees), and a number of other individuals and entities brought this facial challenge to Missouri’s Health Insurance Marketplace Innovation Act (HIMIA), Mo. Rev. Stat. § 376.2000 et seq. The plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction, claiming certain portions of the HIMIA are preempted by federal law, violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and are void for vagueness under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Enjoining the HIMIA in its entirety, the district court held the appellees—but not the other named plaintiffs—were likely to succeed on the merits of their preemption claim. John Huff, in his capacity as Director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, appeals. We affirm in part and otherwise vacate the preliminary injunction and remand the case to the district court.

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