Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 26, 2013

W.Va. auto dealer seeks relief from health rule


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia auto dealer has gone to court to block the federal government from requiring his business to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducting drugs.

Joe Holland contends that the requirement will force him and his dealership, Joe Holland Chevrolet in South Charleston, to violate their religious beliefs.

Holland filed a petition this week in federal court in Charleston seeking an injunction to block the rule.

Holland says in an affidavit filed with the petition that the dealership’s current insurance plan expires June 30. Without an injunction, he says the new plan will be subject to the requirement.

The requirement is part of the federal health care reform law. It requires businesses that employ at least 50 people to provide the coverage. Holland’s dealership employs 150 people.