WKCHR Partner Kathryn Halford Prevails at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • August 15, 2017

WKCHR is pleased to announce that on August 1, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Mull v. Board of Directors of the MPI Health Plan finding in favor or our client, the MPI Health Plan. The case was successfully argued by Partner, Kathryn Halford and briefed by Partners Elizabeth Rosenfeld and Kathryn Halford. The MPI Plan had appealed the District Court’s summary judgment finding that the Plan’s Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) was not enforceable as…

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WKCHR Attorneys Volunteer

  • May 2, 2017

Wohlner Kaplon Cutler Halford & Rosenfeld attorneys volunteer their time outside of the office to support valuable causes. Here are several of the organizations to which WKCHR attorneys donate their time: Best Friends Animal Society Election Protection Kitten Rescue Los Angeles County Bar Association - Immigration Legal Assistance Project Ridgebacks and Friends To learn more about any of these organizations, call or email your WKCHR attorney. (WKCHR attorneys volunteer with Election Protection on November 8, 2016).

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May Day 2017 Brings Rallies, Solidarity Across the Globe

  • May 2, 2017

In cities across the country and the world, cities like Chicago, Portland, Oakland, and Paris, thousands marched this weekend and Monday in honor of May Day, also known as International Workers' Day.  The roots of May Day can be traced to the 1800's and the fight for the 8 hour day. In addition to advocating for safe working conditions, a living wage, and quality health care for workers, May Day in recent years has also highlighted the need for humane immigration policies. In…

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Missouri Governor Signs Right to Work Bill into Law, but Labor Pushes Back

  • February 6, 2017

Today in Missouri, Governor Eric Greitens signed a bill to make it the 28th state to pass "Right to Work" legislation. However, organized labor struck back by filing a petition for a referendum vote on the law that will place it before the voters in 2018 (provided the AFL-CIO and NAACP get enough signatures by August 28, 2017). The battle over fair wages and working conditions rages on. For more information click here (Kansas City Star) and here (Wall Street Journal - paywall).

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WKCHR Associates Participate in Election Protection Efforts

  • December 1, 2016

On Election Day, WKCHR’s associates participated in the Election Protection program coordinated by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and other groups committed to ensuring that all registered voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the election process. As trained hotline volunteers, WKCHR associates fielded questions from voters around the state and country regarding registration status, polling place locations, absentee ballot procedures, provisional ballots, and even what to do in the event of voter intimidation.  To…

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California AB 72 Puts Limits on “Surprise” Out-of-Network Bills

  • September 13, 2016

AB 72 passed both the California Senate and Assembly. It is has been sent to Governor Brown where he has until the end of the month to sign the bill into law or veto it. If patients are admitted to an in-network facility, there is a chance that one or more providers who provide patient care may not be in-network. If this happens, a patient may be billed directly from the out-of-network provider for the full amount of services. Under…

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Affordable Care Act Section 1557 Anti-Discrimination Rules

  • September 13, 2016

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities. On May 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published complex final regulations related to Section 1557. Many plan professionals expect that HHS will issue additional guidance related to the final regulations. Covered Entities The final rule applies to any health program or activity which receives funding from HHS, any health program…

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IRS Announces 2016 Pension Plan Limitations: New Day, Same…Limitations

  • December 15, 2015

The IRS recently released limitations on Pension and Retirement contributions for tax year 2016 and for the most part the limits will remain the same as for 2015.  The reason for this is that the small rise in the cost-of-living index failed to reach the threshold amount that would trigger an increase in the contribution amount.  Therefore, the annual deferral limit on 401(k), 403(b) and profit-sharing plan contributions will hold steady at $18,000 for 2016.  Furthermore, the limitations on catchup…

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