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Atrium Health Defends Reliance on Pension Law Exemption

Feb. 13, 2019, 6:55 PM

Atrium Health defended itself from a novel lawsuit claiming the hospital abuses a statutory exemption for governmental entities in order to underfund its pension plan and evade federal benefits law.

The lawsuit, filed by five workers covered by the hospital’s benefit plans, relies on cherry-picked facts and ignores the hospital’s public features and statutory creation, Atrium said in its Feb. 12 motion to dismiss. Atrium, which is formally known as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, was created by the North Carolina Hospital Authorities Act and is run by publicly-appointed commissioners subject to government oversight, the hospital said.

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