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A new ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has the potential to change who is eligible for stakeholder health insurance plans.

According to the Aug. 17th decision, Department of Labor advisory opinions can be challenged in a court of law – including an opinion initially passed on a company called Data Marketing Partnerhship, LLC, according to Reuters. DMP had initially sought guidance from the DOL on its stakeholder health insurance plan to confirm it was ERISA compliant.

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