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Supreme Court Rules that ERISA Preempts Vermont Claims Reporting Requirement

On March 1, the Supreme Court handed down its most recent ERISA preemption decision. The case, Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, struck down a Vermont “all-payer claims data base” law that required certain public and private entities (including health insurers) that provide and pay for health care services to report claims information to a state agency.  According to a “friend-of-the-court” brief filed by the National Governors Association, some 17 states (Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia) have enacted such laws.

In a recent post in our Employment Matters blog, we discuss Gobeille, and explain the case’s impact on ERISA preemption jurisprudence.

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Alden J. Bianchi

Member / Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice

Alden J. Bianchi is an employee benefits and compensation attorney at Mintz. He advises clients on retirement plans, compensation arrangements, ERISA issues, benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, and health and welfare plans. Alden is an authority on health care reform.