Kevin Ryan Quoted in Article, “Upcoming Court Debate Leads Talk on Health Law”

Chicago Law Bulletin

Kevin Ryan, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Chicago office, was quoted in an article titled "Upcoming Court Debate Leads Talk on Health Law," by Roy Strom.

Following is an excerpt:

"This is going to be the most amount of time spent on oral argument in front of the Supreme Court since 1966," Ryan said, adding he expects the Supreme Court ruling on PPACA to come down near the end of June.

But no matter the Supreme Court's ruling, Krause said companies still need to find ways to lower their health-care costs.

Krause said a provision in PPACA could lead to employers dropping coverage for some of their employees.

The provision allows companies to drop employee's health coverage for a fine of $2,000, Krause said.

"In discussions with some of my friends on (Capitol Hill), they keep referring to that $2,000 fine as a moving target," Krause said. "(The fee) needs to be high enough to be an actual penalty, and $2,000 is not even close," Krause said.

A company that wants to put in an on-site legal clinic needs to consider a variety of legal issues, Ryan said.

"It can be a little more complex than saying, 'Why don't we hire a physician and put him in the office next door,'" Ryan said.

That law exists so companies can't "have the economic ability to influence decisions" made by a doctor with respect to an employee's health, Ryan said.