Monday, Jun 19, 2017

June 19, 2017 show

Dr. Brian Callister, an internal medicine specialist located in Reno, Nevada, joins Bob to tell the story of how an insurance company told him it would pay for assisted suicide rather than an expensive medical treatment for two of his patients. He recounts this story in a short video produced by the Patients' Rights Action Fund. Then, Msgr. Pat Pollard, director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Chicago, talks about this unique ministry as he approaches a June 30 retirement date. Closing out the show, Rachel Yarch, a partner with the downtown Chicago law office of Burke, Warren, MacKay and Serritella, discusses a recent unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that holds that faith-based hospital pension plans are covered by the “church plan” exemption under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The decision in Advocate Health Care v. Stapleton represents a major victory for religious-based health care systems.