Mental Coverage Suit Too Broad, UnitedHealth Says

Law360, Washington (June 11, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT) -- UnitedHealth Group Inc. urged a New York federal court on Monday to throw out a class action alleging it placed roadblocks in the way of patients seeking mental health coverage, saying the beneficiaries' claims are too broad and precluded by federal employment law.

According to UnitedHealth, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act precludes the plaintiffs from suing the insurance giant, as it was only a third-party administrator helping their employer- and government-sponsored health plans determine medical and mental health benefit coverage.

The beneficiaries, along with the...
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