U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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February 04, 2014

The court reversed the ruling of the district court and held that the reporting requirements of the Vermont statute and regulation do, in fact have a connection with ERISA plans and are therefore preempted as applied.

U.S. Chamber argues states can't frustrate federal health insurance law's objective of having uniform system of administration by imposing their own reporting obligations

April 05, 2013

NCLC urged the Second Circuit to reverse the decision of the district court, which upheld a Vermont law that imposed unique record keeping and reporting obligations on self-employed plans over and above those required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). NCLC argued in its amicus brief that preservation of national uniformity for self-funded health care plans is crucial to these plans’ continued viability. NCLC pointed out that the statute and regulations here are preempted because their direct and significant effect on self-funded plans is contrary to core ERISA objectives of having a nationally uniform system of administration for covered plans and to keep plan administration efficient and cost-effective.

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