UnitedHealth Plan Holders Win Class Cert. In ERISA Suit

By Y. Peter Kang (September 19, 2016, 10:39 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday certified a class of UnitedHealth Group Inc. health plan participants accusing the company of improperly denying mental health and substance abuse treatments in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, saying the claims shared common factors worthy of classwide adjudication.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero granted certification of a thousands-strong class of members in ERISA-governed health plans who were denied coverage for residential treatment services or outpatient services for mental illness or substance use disorder from May 2011 to the present. The judge also granted certification of a class of plan holders whose...

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