Posts Categorized: Court Cases

Supreme Court Update

in Court Cases, Health Benefits

This morning the court released two important rulings on same gender marriage. First, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. In general, this means that same-gender couples who are legally married will be entitled to equal treatment under federal law, including income taxes and social security benefits. It is important to note that the court did not authorize same gender marriage, but rather said that the Federal government will recognize those same gender marriages that are validly entered into. The full opinion can be seen here: Second, the United States… Continue Reading

Clear Win for ERISA Health Plans

in Court Cases, Health Benefits, Retiree Benefits

Early this week the United States Supreme Court issued an important decision for health plans seeking to enforce their rights to reimbursement with respect to third party recoveries. The case, US Airways v. McCutchen, 569 U.S. ___ (2013), deals with the common situation where a health plan participant receives a settlement on account of a third party injury and the plan seeks reimbursement of the medical expenses it paid on the participant’s behalf with respect to the injury. In a clear win for plan sponsors, the Supreme Court held unanimously that an express provision in the plan document authorizing the… Continue Reading