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CUNA Mutual retirees appeal ruling to Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (2/16/12)--Several CUNA Mutual Group retirees contesting a company decision on healthcare costs have asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn an appeals court decision that favored the CUNA Mutual Insurance Society.

The group's attorney filed a petition for a writ of certiorari on Feb. 7, asking the higher court to review the case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court in Madison, Wis. 

The lower court ruled last summer that the retirees had no legal right to prevent the company from eliminating its subsidy of health insurance premiums (News Now Aug. 12) and that the company had not violated provisions of the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA).  The subsidy included accumulated sick pay the retirees believed would be put toward those premiums.  The appeals court upheld a decision by a lower court in favor of CUNA Mutual.

"We are pleased the federal courts in Madison and Chicago dismissed this case, and confirmed CUNA Mutual Group did not violate the law when it made the difficult decision to end subsidies for retiree health coverage," said Rick Uhlmann, senior manager, media relations for CUNA Mutual Group.  "This is not a case that merits review by the U.S. Supreme Court," he added.


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