The Supreme Court last week de­cided to take up cases in­volv­ing three not-for­profit hospi­tal sys­tems be­ing sued for un­der­fund­ing their em­ployee pen­sion plans.

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Lower courts ruled against the or­ga­ni­za­tions—Ad­vo­cate Health Care Net­work, Dig­nity Health and St. Peter’s Health­care Sys­tem—say­ing their pen­sions do not qual­ify as “church plans” ex­empt from the law. That could force them and other hos­pi­tals to spend bil­lions to make up fund­ing short­falls. The sys­tems say fed­eral agen­cies for years have as­sured them that they are ex­empt. The high court in Septem­ber tem­po­rar­ily blocked the most re­cent rul­ing against Dig­nity from tak­ing ef­fect.

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