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Court Allows Hospital to Ignore a Contract

Wed, 08/06/2014

Salzer v. SSM Health Care of Oklahoma: Richard Salzer was treated at an SSM Health Care of Oklahoma facility for an accident. Under contract, Salzer’s insurance company was required to cover care that any customers receive at the SSM facility; prohibiting SSM from charging Salzer for the care he received. Salzer sued SSM for a breach of contract. The district court denied his motion to remand because his claims were supposedly preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974


The Tenth Circuit Court affirmed the district court’s decision; effectively ruling that SSM was justified in breaching Salzer’s contract.

Read the full decision here