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Sarah G. Raaii focuses her practice on employee benefits and matters related to health care reform, data privacy and HIPAA compliance, executive compensation, and health and welfare, cafeteria, 401(k), 403(b) and pension plans. Read Sarah Raaii's full bio.

How Employers, Insurers Are Coping with Abortion After Dobbs


By on Oct 4, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The US Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade has created more complexity to the country’s patchwork of abortion laws. In this Managed Healthcare Executive article, McDermott’s Sarah Raaii offers perspective about how insurers are navigating healthcare plans state-by-state. Access the article.

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How the Overturning of Roe v. Wade May Affect US Employer Benefits Plans


By on Sep 22, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has led to a flurry of confusion and questions from employers. In this Benefits Canada article, McDermott’s Sarah Raaii explains how some states are imposing criminal penalties for anyone who assists with abortion within their borders. “If a court determines state abortion restrictions are generally...

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Want to Provide Abortion Travel Benefits at Your Company? Here’s How to Protect Employees


By on Sep 1, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

How can companies provide abortion travel benefits to their workers without disclosing sensitive medical information? In this Corporate Counsel article, McDermott’s Sarah Raaii provides insight into how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) offer protections for workers seeking reproductive healthcare services. “The most common way...

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What Should GCs Know About the Abortion Landscape?


By on Aug 19, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

What should company general counsels (GCs) know about abortion trigger bans, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and how not to break the law in light of the new abortion landscape in the United States? In this MedCity News article, McDermott’s Sarah Raaii offers insight into how companies can protect abortion access for...

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How Can Employers Protect Workers Who Seek Abortion Care?


By , and on Aug 17, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

As US states seek to reduce abortion access in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, how can employers protect workers who seek abortion care? In this Fortune article, McDermott’s David Gacioch, Sarah Raaii and Ellen Bronchetti offer insight into what the US Supreme Court’s decision means for employee healthcare data, employee benefits...

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Fired for Having an Abortion? Unlikely, but It’s Complicated


By on Jul 28, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

Could a worker be fired for having an abortion? According to this Insider article, workplace laws would likely protect pregnant people from discrimination. McDermott’s Sarah Raaii said employers should make sure abortion health plan coverage does not conflict with federal laws. “Incorporating abortion benefits into an employer’s existing health plan might help mitigate worker privacy...

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Complex Patchwork of Laws Await Companies Offering Out-of-State Abortion Travel


By on Jul 19, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

Employers seeking to provide their employees with abortion services are facing a dizzying patchwork of laws that differ from state to state, according to this Corporate Counsel article. McDermott’s Sarah Raaii said companies with employees in multiple states “would really need to do a state-by-state analysis of what the abortion laws are, whether and under...

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Employers, Employees Search for Answers After Dobbs Decision


By on Jul 7, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has left employers—and employees—with more questions than answers. While many employers have promised to pay for their employees to travel across state lines for an abortion, it’s unclear if employers might be sued for doing so. In this USA TODAY article, McDermott’s Sarah Raaii said...

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US Supreme Court Ruling Complicates Abortion Insurance Coverage


By on Jul 1, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The patchwork of US federal and state rules governing abortion insurance coverage will become more complicated following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. In this MarketWatch article, McDermott’s Sarah Raaii said the situation has employers on edge. “We’ve had a huge influx of employers reaching out and asking, ‘What should I...

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What Employers Should Do Now That Roe Has Fallen


By on Jun 27, 2022
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

The monumental decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade presents significant challenges for employers and health plans. According to this Law360 article, employers should begin reviewing state laws, evaluating internal company policies, gauging employee reactions and preparing for legal challenges. McDermott’s Sarah...

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