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Church Plans at the Supreme Court: Employee Benefit Plans of Church-Affiliated Healthcare Organizations May Still Qualify as Church Plans Under ERISA

In Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the ability of certain church-affiliated organizations, including church-affiliated nonprofit healthcare organizations, to sponsor employee benefit plans that are “church plans” within the meaning of Section 3(33) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

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Honoring the Veterans Most in Need: Swords to Plowshares and Oakland Vet Center Create First of Its Kind Medical-Legal Partnership

It should come as no surprise that Vet Centers hold a special place for many veterans. Stepping into the waiting room of the Vet Center in Oakland, California (OVC), for instance, one is immediately surrounded by veterans’ artwork, invitations to potlucks, the smell of communal coffee, and free guaranteed same-day counseling intake appointments.