ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and governs most of our employee benefits. While this area of law may not seem as engrossing as other areas of law such as criminal law, the impact labor laws have on our lives are just as compelling and the stakes are just as high. This law blankets areas such as mental health, eating disorders, our retirement accounts, life insurance, and more. Erisa watch will tell stories of individuals whose lives have been dramatically affected and show why Erisa matters.
The Cutting Edge
Here in the United States we have some of the best surgeons, specialists, and some of the best, most innovative treatments in the world.
But when the company that runs your health plan refuses to authorize these treatments, what does this mean for the very progress of medicine in this country?
In this episode of ERISA Watch, host Elizabeth Hopkins speaks with Aaron Monheim, a 34 year old husband and father of a three year old daughter. Aaron lives with Relapsing- remitting Multiple Sclerosis.
Aaron tells Liz the story of his diagnosis of and its affect on his life. All of Aaron's signs showed that he was the perfect candidate for a certain type of stem cell transplant that would give him the best long-term outcome. Unfortunately for Aaron, the decision makers at Kaiser did not agree. The treatment was deemed experimental and Kaiser refused to authorize these treatment.
Elizabeth and Aaron discuss the irony of the fact that even though this stem cell treatment would likely work, and is considerably less expensive than the pharmaceutical counterpart, insurance companies would rather we all use treatment options that are repeatable, and are something we would pay for for years and years.
Although in some cases when refusing to authorize treatments, insurance companies have a legitimate foot to stand on. But the problem of standing on one foot is balance.
Please enjoy, and be on the lookout for our next episode on June 4
The Mental Health Parity Paradox
In this episode of ERISA Watch, host Elizabeth Hopkins asks: "When did modern Western medicine decide that mental health was something altogether different than health pertaining to anywhere else in the body?"First Liz speaks with Dr. Joshua Warach, MD,...
Uncovered in the Gig Economy
This premiere episode of ERISA Watch, host Elizabeth Hopkins discusses a real life example of how the federal law of ERISA works in the context of today's employee healthcare benefit environment. Elizabeth does this through a conversation with two...
ERISA Watch - Trailer
ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and governs most of our employee benefits. While this area of law may not seem as engrossing as other areas of law such as criminal law, the impact labor laws have on our lives are...
This ERISA attorney is brilliant and passionate
An engaging podcast that presents case examples of ERISA rights and the recovery of what is owed from benefit plans.
Good new podcast
This podcast is well presented and puts a human face on the problems of getting and keeping affordable health care insurance for people in our gig economy.