Samuel A. Alito

U.S. Supreme Court weighs Advocate pension case

U.S. Supreme Court weighs Advocate pension case

Questions asked by U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday stopped short of revealing exactly how they might rule in a case over whether Advocate Health Care's religious affiliation exempts it from having to follow a federal law designed to protect employee pensions.

It's a case that has the potential to affect the finances of hospitals and their employees across the country. A number of other hospitals and hospital systems, including Illinois' Presence Health, OSF HealthCare and Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, have also been sued over the issue.

Some of those cases are on hold pending a Supreme Court decision on the matter, in cases involving Advocate and two other hospital...