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Aetna Life Insurance Company (Aetna) has settled an ERISA claim with a woman who claimed that it underpaid or failed to pay claims related to her mental health care and substance abuse disorder treatment. The parties reached a settlement agreement several months after a federal district court granted partial summary judgment in favor of the plan beneficiaries, finding that Aetna

President Joe Biden issued executive orders in 2021 establishing a government-wide approach to climate-related financial risks. In response, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the employee benefits division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), requested public comments in February 2022 on specific actions to protect workers’ retirement savings from financial risks related to climate change. Comments were due

Attorneys for laborers who sued a general government contractor and master subcontractor, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), following cleanup work they performed after Hurricane Michael, recently appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The workers argued that a district court judge improperly granted summary judgment in September 2020 to the two defendants, finding that

The federal government has begun cracking down and fining hospital systems that fail to publicize the rates they charge for medical procedures. With inflation increasing at record levels, hospitals are protesting that the data they have provided is outdated as all their costs are skyrocketing. 
Insurers and plan providers may find that the valuable data they have been expecting from

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided various resources concerning the No Surprises Act, which was enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). These resources include a “Chart for Determining the Applicability for the Federal Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Process.” This chart summarizes when a state or other IDR process applies instead of

The U.S. Supreme Court’s leaked draft in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization now has become law with the Court’s recent issuance of its final opinion. A post-Roe America raises new and challenging issues for employers concerning employment law, medical plan coverage, and employee privacy. 
Issues Related to Employment Law
Allegations of Discrimination
The Dobbs decision will likely bring about

A former Walmart employee has filed suit in a Michigan federal district court claiming class-wide violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and individual violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The employee claims that Walmart fired her and over one hundred other workers by scheduling them for shifts at the end of their medical leave but

A federal district court in Utah has held in two similar cases that plan-imposed deadlines for filing lawsuits in ERISA cases are unenforceable. The court reasoned that the deadlines were inapplicable to the cases at issue because the entity’s final denial letters to the participants did not contain notice of the deadlines.
The cases are E.F. v. United HealthCare Ins.

The IRS recently withdrew and replaced regulations that it had proposed in 2019 concerning sections 413(c) and 413(e) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), which offer an exception to section 413’s “unified-plan rule” (the Rule). The Rule is more commonly known as the “one-bad-apple rule” for multiple employer (MEP) and pooled employer (PEP) plans. 
Under the Rule, a failure by