On Tues., Nov. 30, the Federal District Court in Louisiana enjoined the CMS vaccine mandate nationally, blocking enforcement of the CMS vaccine mandate and the CMS Interim Final Rule (IFR) which was published in the Federal Register on November 5. The ruling blocks enforcement of the CMS vaccine mandate and applies across the country. Arizona was a party to the Louisiana lawsuit, along with the following Plaintiff States: Louisiana, Montana, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Although the District Court in Louisiana considered limiting the scope of the injunction, the District Court determined that a nationwide injunction is necessary due to the need for uniformity. The District Court enjoined and restrained CMS from implementing the CMS mandate for all healthcare providers, suppliers, owners, employees, and all others covered by the CMS mandate. Additionally, the injunction remains in effect until the final resolution of the case or until further court orders from the Louisiana District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, or the United States Supreme Court.
The injunction resulting from the Louisiana litigation covers all states except for the10 states which already prevailed in their challenge to the CMS vaccine mandate. On Mon., Nov. 29, the Federal District Court in Missouri issued a preliminary injunction blocking the CMS vaccine mandate in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
This notice is also posted in the AHCCCS COVID-19 FAQs