UnitedHealth Seeks To Scuttle 50,000-Member ERISA Class

By Emily Brill (May 6, 2019, 6:36 PM EDT) -- United Behavioral Health has asked a California federal judge to break up the 50,000-member class of patients suing it over mental health and substance abuse treatment coverage guidelines that were found to violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.  

UBH filed a motion for class decertification in the case on Friday, challenging U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero's 2016 decision to allow patients who'd been denied mental health or substance abuse treatment by UBH to sue the company as a group.

The company claimed the guidelines at issue weren't applied to every class member's request for treatment, so the patients don't have...

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