“Lawsuit Accuses UnitedHealth of ‘Looting’ Billions From Employer Plans Through Cross-Plan Offsetting,” Fierce Healthcare
July 15, 2020
A pair of workers enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare insurance plan have filed a class-action suit claiming the healthcare giant took more than $1 billion annually from employer plans for "cross-plan offsetting."
The practice, which has been challenged in court before, takes funds paid by employer plans to cover payment disputes with physicians. The plaintiffs aim to block UnitedHealth from continuing to use cross-plan offsetting "for good."
The plaintiffs in the latest case argue that the practice has been deemed illegal under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) by several courts and has come under fire from the Department of Labor.