Fiduciary Duties

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Federal judge found insurance giant breached its ERISA fiduciary duties and violated Illinois law

Approximately 50 percent of Americans receive health insurance through their employer,1 making most of those plans subject to The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERJSA”). After passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of2008 (“MHPAEA”), the majority of health plans that cover mental health treatment, including large employer -sponsored plans, […]

Review your employee benefits every three years

We have all seen the letters in the mail. Your employer is updating their benefits policies, and by law, you are required to receive notification summarizing the changes. These notices contain a lot of legal jargon and fine print, and you probably threw them away without much more than a cursory glance. Although these updates […]

A lesson in disgorgement

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act law creates a number of perverse incentives for insurers that administer benefit claims. Without the availability of remedies beyond the restoration of benefits due, insurers can earn significant profits on delayed payments. A recent 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, Rochow v. Life Ins. Co. of North America, […]