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Empire HealthChoice Assurance v. McVeigh

Docket No.: 05-200
Certiorari Granted: Jan 6 2006
Argued: April 25, 2006
Decided: June 15, 2006

Topics:

Judicial Power, Jurisdiction of Federal Courts

PartyNames: Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., dba Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield v. Denise F. McVeigh, as Administratrix of the Estate of Joseph E. McVeigh
Petitioner: Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., dba Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Respondent: Denise F. McVeigh, as Administratrix of the Estate of Joseph E. McVeigh

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., dba Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
v.
Denise F. McVeigh, as Administratrix of the Estate of Joseph E. McVeigh
547 U.S. 677 (2006)
Question Presented:

Whether federal question jurisdiction exists over a suit by a federal government contractor to enforce, on behalf of the United States, a provision in a health benefits plan for federal employees that is part of a government contract established pursuant to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act.

Question:

Under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959, are suits brought by insurers against beneficiaries to recoup medical expenses heard in federal or state court?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By:
Read EMPIRE HEALTHCHOICE ASSURANCE V. MCVEIGH opinion (PDF)
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