Proskauer Issues Client Alert On Insurance Laws

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 00:00

Three Proskauer Rose LLP attorneys, Peter Marathas, Robert Rachal and Yolanda Montgomery, have authored a Client Alert titled Pay-or-Play State Health Insurance Laws and ERISA Preemption.

According to some estimates, as many as 46 million Americans (nearly 16 percent of the total population) are uninsured and their only available sources of health care are "free" clinics and hospital emergency rooms.The cost of these services is often passed on to the state, leading to strained or breaking budgets and increased Medicaid costs. At least 15 states have comprehensive health care reform bills - more states will follow.

The Massachusetts law is indicative of the types of requirements that are or may be imposed upon employers by these state and municipality laws and ordinances.

In their paper, the authors explain the Massachusetts Act, the employer fair share contribution, the 125 plan requirement, the free rider surcharge, reporting requirements and ERISA preemption challenges.For more information visit

Eugene J. Cornacchia, president of Saint Peter's College announced at a recent Board of Trustees meeting that Kathleen M. McKenna, Esq., of Proskauer Rose LLP, was recently elected Chairman of the Board to serve a three-year term. Ms. McKenna, a partner in Proskauer Rose's Labor & Employment Law Department, is recognized as one of New York's most prestigious litigators.

Proskauer Rose LLP has announced that two associates in its Washington, D.C. office, Juan Padilla and Lauren Rexroat, were selected as recipients of the Frederick B. Abramson Award for their participation in the DC Bar Pro Bono Program.

Proskauer's Pro Bono Initiative (PBI) Committee is comprised of lawyers of all levels in each of the firm's departments.