Faith-Based Hospitals Win ERISA Case in High Court, But Debate Isn’t Over Yet


Joseph Urwitz said the Supreme Court ruling that faith-based hospital “church plan” pensions are exempt from ERISA compliance “is unequivocally positive” for these providers. However, he continued, the wave of recent lawsuits against faith-based organizations may open the door to future litigation against church plan exemptions, particularly through state law, because the plans no longer have ERISA’s pre-emptive protections.