In March 2017, Renaker Hasselman Scott obtained victories for three separate clients whose employer-sponsored long-term disability benefits had been unfairly denied by insurance companies. We are very pleased that we were able to secure these benefits for our clients, who unfortunately are no longer able to work due to disabling conditions.
In October 2016, a client of Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP obtained service-connected disability retirement benefits from the Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Association (CCCERA), including five years of past-due benefits. The award came after a favorable decision from the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), and then a ruling by the CCCERA Retirement Board to adopt the favorable ALJ decision.
Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP is proud to announce that all three partners were selected to 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers lists in the employee benefits category. Teresa Renaker and Margo Hasselman Greenough were both selected to the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list, and Kirsten Scott was selected to the 2016 Northern California Rising Stars list. In addition, Teresa was named to the Northern California Top 50 Women Attorneys and Top 100 Attorneys. All three also were named to the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California list.
For Kirsten, this is the third straight year appearing on the Northern California Rising Stars list, and for Margo, this is the fourth straight year appearing on the Northern California Super Lawyers list, after four years on the Rising Stars list. Teresa has been named to Northern California Super Lawyers for the last ten years, to Top 50 Women Attorneys for nine straight years, and to Top 100 Attorneys for five years.
Super Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process based on independent research and peer evaluation by practice area. Only 5 percent of lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers each year, and only 2.5% of attorneys in the state are selected to the Rising Stars list each year.
Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act is the civil rights provision of the ACA, outlawing discrimination in health programs and activities based on a person’s race, color, national origin, sex or disability. The Department of Health and Human Services issued expansive proposed regulations addressing Section 1557 in September 2015, and it expects to issue final regulations later this year.
Kirsten recently spoke on two panels addressing Section 1557 of the ACA and the HHS proposed regulations, including litigation trends and the provision of health benefits for transgender employees:
ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, Clearwater Beach, Florida, Jan. 16, 2016: Surf’s Up! New Waves of Litigation Regarding Healthcare Provider Fraud and ACA Interference and Discrimination Claims (panelist).
ABA Labor and Employment Section, Employee Benefits Committee Midwinter Meeting, Las Vegas, Feb. 11, 2016: ACA’s Expansive Nondiscrimination Provision and Transgender Health Benefits (panelist).
She was also quoted in a Bloomberg BNA post on the topic on Feb. 26, 2016.