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Recap: Early Responses on Twitter As SCOTUS Decides Hobby Lobby Contraceptives Case, 5-4

A quick look at early responses on Twitter regarding Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. ...more

The Federal Court for the Southern District of New York Rules that Employers with Self-Insured Health Plans Need Not Offer Medical...

The issue of same-sex spousal rights is now largely resolved for qualified retirement plans. However, substantial questions about same-sex spouse health benefits remain unanswered. In Roe v. Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield,...more

Undoing MICRA

It has been over thirty-five years since California became a leader in healthcare reform, addressing the malpractice insurance crisis in a measured way. In 1975, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (“MICRA”) capped...more

ERISA: “Derivative Standing” Allows Medical Provider To Obtain Reimbursement From ERISA Plan

Medical providers often have a patient/ERISA plan participant assign rights under an ERISA health care plan to allow the medical provider to seek payment for medical services provided....more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

Affordable Care Act (ACA) action on Capitol Hill this past week centered on investigations into improper ACA subsidy payments, a potential constitutional amendment proposal, and support for an appeal of the ACA in favor of a...more

The Assault on the ACA Continues in the Federal Appeals Courts

Combative oral arguments were seen in two high profile federal court challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The Supreme Court of the United States heard a vigorous oral argument...more

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Federal Act Does Not Preempt Missouri Law Barring Subrogation Of Personal Injury Claims

In essence overruling a previous opinion from the courts of appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act (“FEHBA”) does not preempt Missouri law prohibiting the subrogation of...more

Does Obamacare Strike the Right Balance Between Women’s Contraceptive Rights and Religious Freedom?

Effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, employer-sponsored group health plans that are not grandfathered must provide women with access to a list of 16 contraceptive services without cost sharing...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 3, 2014

The new year kicked off this week with all eyes watching not only Winter Storm Hercules, but also how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage will work. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split in Health Care Reform Cases

The Supreme Court will review two of the numerous lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that group health plans and insurers cover, without cost-sharing, contraceptives and/or abortifacients (the...more

Il Pay-as-You-Go pubblico e privato: davvero diversi? Un confronto Europa - Us [settimo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e...

Settimo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us", di Nicola C. Salerno [nicola.salerno@tin.it - 0039 347 9023927 - twitter nicolacsalerno]...more

Il Pay-as-You-Go attraverso i Programmi di Stabilità [sesto capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia,...

Sesto capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Euriopa, Us", di Nicola C. Salerno [nicola.salerno@tin.it - 0039 347 90.23.927 - twitter nicolacsalerno]...more

Appendice 1.2 al primo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us"

Appendice 1.2 al primo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us", di Nicola C. Salerno [nicola.salerno@tin.it]...more

Appendice 1.1 al primo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us"

Appendice 1.1 al primo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us", di Nicola C. Salerno [nicola.salerno@tin.it]...more

La demografia dell’Italia e delle Regioni italiane. Uno sguardo alle proiezioni a medio-lungo [primo capitolo del progetto di...

Primo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us", di Nicola C. Salerno [nicola.salerno@tin.it]...more

Demografia, Occupazione e Produttività in Europa e Us [quarto capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in...

Quarto capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us", di Nicola C. Salerno [nicola.salerno@tin.it]...more

Demografia, Occupazione e Produttività in Italia e nelle Regioni Italiane [terzo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro...

Terzo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us", di Nicola C. Salerno [nicola.salerno@tin.it]...more

La demografia in Europa e in Us. Uno sguardo alle proiezioni a medio-lungo [secondo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e...

Secondo capitolo del progetto di libro "Presente e Futuro del PayGo in Italia, Europa, Us", di Nicola C. Salerno [nicola.salerno@tin.it]...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects Challenge to ACA Based on Religious Beliefs

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered health plans to cover certain preventative health services. In a case seeking an injunction to bar enforcement of ACA’s so-called “contraception mandate” on the ground...more

Sixth Circuit Agrees: No Preliminary Injunction In ACA “Contraceptive Mandate” Case

Corporations are not exempt from the so-called "Contraceptive Mandate" authorized pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2012 (the "ACA" / popularly known as "Obamacare") according to the opinion of the...more

How to Handle Employee Benefits with Same-Sex Marriages: BB&K's John Wahlin Looks at What Changes Should be Made in Light of the...

With this summer’s Supreme Court rulings on DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, and Prop. 8 allowing same-sex marriages to be recognized in states that allow them, private sector and public agency employers in California...more

Chiropractors Lack Standing Under ERISA to Assert Claims For Benefits

A federal district court in New Jersey recently dismissed claims asserted by a putative class of chiropractors seeking to enjoin the procedure used by UnitedHealth to determine the necessity of certain treatments administered...more

Third Circuit Denies Pennsylvania Business's Challenge To Contraception Mandate

As readers of this blog are surely aware, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposes a number of new obligations on employers and private health insurance plans....more

Health Care Reform Employer Mandate Delayed; DOMA Struck Down - What Now For Employers?

Health Care Reform Employer Mandate and Reporting Provisions Delayed until 2015 - The U.S. Department of the Treasury unexpectedly announced on July 2, 2013 the delay of the employer shared responsibility ‘pay or play’...more

Q&A on Employee Benefits After the Supreme Court’s Ruling that DOMA is Unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage for federal law purposes to mean opposite-sex marriage, is unconstitutional (United States v. Windsor, 2013 WL...more

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