Plan May Seek Reimbursement From Special Needs Trust, En Banc 5th Circuit Rules

NEW ORLEANS - A divided en banc Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 7 held that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act permits health plan fiduciaries to seek reimbursement for medical benefits the plan paid on behalf of a participant from a special needs trust funded by a third-party tortfeasor settlement (ACS Recovery Services, Inc., et al. v. Larry Griffin, et al., No. 11-40446, 5th Cir.; 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 9324).

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