2nd Circ. Guts UnitedHealth Win In Psychiatry Benefits Ruling

By Daniel Langhorne (August 20, 2015, 9:28 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit on Thursday reversed a lower court's decision, holding UnitedHealth Group failed to show the New York State Psychiatric Association lacked standing to represent its members and their patients in an ERISA suit alleging it denied customers mental health benefits.

Writing for the panel, Judge Raymond J. Lohier largely tossed a ruling by a district court judge that had said NYSPSA didn't have standing and granted United's motion to dismiss, instead finding in favor of NYSPA. Thursday's decision follows rulings in six other circuits that held claim administrators can be sued as defendants under the Employee Retirement Income Security...

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