NJ Court Says ERISA Preempts Hospital's Payment Claims

Law360, New York (July 2, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey hospital's state law claims that a benefit plan owes it full price for medical services after failing to timely pay discounted fees are trumped by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a state appellate court ruled Tuesday in a published decision.

A three-judge panel weighed suits from St. Peter's University Hospital based on an agreement with MagNet Inc., a preferred provider organization. St. Peter's agreed to discounts for health coverage providers like New Jersey Building Laborers Statewide Welfare Fund, but kept the...
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