Category Archives: Health Benefits

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Texas Same-Sex Benefits Case

In what will be seen by many as a victory for the Christian right and a blow to the LGBTQ community, the U.S. Supreme Court let a challenge go forward this week to Houston’s practice of providing benefits such as health insurance to the same-sex spouses of city employees, leaving intact a Texas Supreme Court […]

The Possible Impact to Employee Benefits Under the Proposed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”

This article was co-authored by Patrick T. Ryan and Anne Prenner Schmidt In many cases, Employee Benefit plans represent the most valuable asset accumulated during the marriage. Dividing these funds in the event of a divorce can be a complex process and often have serious tax implications. The GOP proposed tax legislation the “Tax Cuts […]

LGBTQ Health Care Issues on the Horizon

One of the issues that many people must consider when going through a divorce is health care costs.  How do you even begin to navigate what you should anticipate for health care costs going forward, especially with the possible reality that obtaining health insurance might be more difficult and expensive then you ever imagined?  Under […]

Navigating Health Care Costs in Divorce

If you are wondering what will happen to your health insurance coverage upon divorce, you are not alone.  It is no secret that the cost of individual coverage is rising, and uncertainty about the continuation of the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” post-election has left many people concerned, especially those with pre-existing conditions. The latest estimates, […]

A Major Blow to Obamacare? Depends on who you ask

In an odd twist, just hours apart, two Federal Appellate Courts came out with different answers to the same questions, regarding a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (also known as the “ACA” or “Obamacare”). The two Courts addressed the issue of whether or not the IRS could offer tax credits to individuals […]

Flash Point: Child’s Receipt of Dependent Social Security Benefits did not Entitle Father to a Setoff Against Medical Support Arrearage

A father who became permanently and completely disabled after a car accident challenged the trial court’s ruling that the child’s receipt of a lump sum payment of approximately $13,000 as retroactive social security dependant payment should offset $3,967 that he owed towards the child’s medical expenses.  The Father also appealed the trial court’s ruling that […]