United Healthcare Sued For 'Arbitrary' Therapy Payment Policy

Law360 (October 17, 2018, 9:55 PM EDT) -- A proposed class of American workers who received psychotherapy through their employers’ health care plans sued United Healthcare Insurance Co. and United Behavioral Health in California federal court Tuesday, accusing them of flouting the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by imposing unfair reimbursement limits on psychotherapy services.

The lawsuit targets a policy allowing United to pay therapists less when they have their master’s degrees and even lesser when they are certified psychologists. When United pays less to these therapists, customers foot larger portions of the bill, the workers state.

The proposed class, led by a Philadelphia woman under the pseudonym Jane...

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