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St. Joseph’s Pension Fund Bankruptcy Could Be Just One of Many in RI

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Church pension plans controlled by the Diocese of Providence, like the bankrupt pension fund of St. Joseph Health services, may be in distress too - but no one knows and the Diocese of Providence will not respond to repeated requests for comments.

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Church Plan Decision Bolsters Credit Ratings, Despite Unresolved Issues

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A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of pension-law appeals by three religiously affiliated hospital systems was deemed a credit positive for such entities. However, further litigation is likely.

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Supreme Court Ruling Did Not Resolve Church Plan Challenges

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Following oral arguments in March in three cases challenging health care organizations’ church plan status, the U.S. Supreme Court found plans maintained by principal-purpose organizations qualify as “church plans.” However, it did not rule that the hospitals in these cases were principal-purpose organizations. 

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More challenges promised despite church-plan victory

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Sponsors of church-related pension plans are celebrating a Supreme Court decision upholding their right to be exempt from federal pension rules, but participant advocates vow to continue challenging them on other legal points and in new venues, including state courts.

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Supreme Court Ruling Imperils Pension Protections

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In a blow to the hundreds of thousands of employees of religiously-affiliated hospitals, schools and social services organizations, the U.S. Supreme Court said that their pensions might not be protected by federal ERISA laws.

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Hospitals' Pension Win at High Court Might be Short-Lived

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Three religious-affiliated, nonprofit hospital systems won reprieves from multimillion-dollar class actions Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court. But that relief may not be long-lasting.

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Supreme Court says religious hospitals don't have to comply with federal pension protections

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Employees of religious hospitals -- including St. Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick and the now defunct St. James Hospital in Newark-- were dealt a blow by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

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SCOTUS Sides With Religious Hospitals in Church Plan Dispute

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Religiously affiliated hospitals can run their pension plans as church plans exempt from federal funding requirements, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

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U.S. Supreme Court’s “church plan” decision leaves key issue undecided

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that pension plans with ties to religious organizations may not have to comply with federal pension law. Today’s ruling leaves it to lower courts to decide whether hundreds of thousands of people who thought they were guaranteed federal protections will receive the pensions they earned.

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OP-ED: Why U.S. Supreme Court must stand up for retired Americans

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Hospitals that masquerade as religiously affiliated institutions do their employees and themselves a grave disservice.

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