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Novel Health Plans Covering ‘Partners’ to Be Weighed by 5th Cir.

Nov. 30, 2020, 1:42 PM

Litigation over the legal status of health plans covering 50,000 people who’ve agreed to have their data tracked will go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, after the Department of Labor appealed a ruling blessing the plans as covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

The Labor Department on Nov. 27 appealed a decision forcing it to recognize the ERISA status of health plans covering thousands of people who’ve signed up to have their personal data tracked by Data Marketing Partnership LP and LP Management Services LLC. The decision by Judge Reed O’Connor of the...

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