Hospitals’ billion-dollar pension dispute heads to Supreme Court

By Ayla Ellison The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to take up appeals filed by Christian-affiliated hospital systems that are accused of underfunding their employee pension plans. In the three lawsuits, which were consolidated into one case, the high court will decide whether the
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The fascinating facts about immigrants and health insurance

By Robin Gelburd Immigration has been much in the news lately, with the Supreme Court deadlock blocking President Obama’s immigration reform program, California’s move to try to extend participation in their state health exchange to undocumented immigrants, and the continuing prominen
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Supreme Court decision a win for generic-drug makers fighting patents

By Lisa Schencker In deciding a case over who should have the upper hand in patent battles, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a win to generic-drug makers and those hoping to hold down drug prices. Monday’s decision could, however, make it more difficult for makers of brand-name
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Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Bill That Makes Performing An Abortion A Felony

By Merrit Kennedy Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a bill that makes performing an abortion a felony. NPR’s Jennifer Ludden told our Newscast unit that the bill is the first of its kind, and an pro-abortion rights group plans to sue if the governor signs the bill into law. Gov. Ma
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Plan’s Reimbursement in Third-Party Recovery Case Limited by Plan Terms and Common-Fund Doctrine

Topic(s): ERISA Compliance for Health & Welfare Plans; Self-Insured Health Plans US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen, 2016 WL 1156778 (W.D. Pa. 2016) After a plan participant was injured in a car accident and recovered money from third parties, the plan administrator sought reimbursemen
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Far more Dallas children have health insurance since Obamacare passed, study says

By Naomi Martin The number of children with health insurance has spiked in Dallas County and in much of Texas since 2009, even as child poverty continues to be a major problem, according to a study released Wednesday. Read more…
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Court: Providers must release all of patient data to patients, families

By Randy Ludlow In a consumer-friendly ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court found today that any patient data kept by a health care provider — regardless of purpose or location — is a medical record that must be released to patients and families. Read more…
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Supreme Court hearing major abortion case

By Jack Craver Activists and politicians on both sides of America’s never-ending debate on abortion are closely watching as the Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday over a Texas law aimed at making it more difficult to operate an abortion clinic.
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Subrogation Rights … What Now?!!

EARLY IDENTIFICATION, INTERVENTION AND STRONG PLAN LANGUAGE HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT!!! In the last hour, The Supreme Court of the United States issued an 8-1 decision in favor of the plan participant in the case of Montanile v. Board of Trustee of the National Elevator Industry
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A few Ala. counties halt marriage licenses to gay couples

By Brian Lyman, Brad Harper and Andrew Yawn, The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An order from the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court aimed at thwarting the availability of same-sex marriage in the state seems to be having little effect, according to calls
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