8 recent payer lawsuits, settlements

Here are eight lawsuits, settlements and legal developments involving payers that Becker's has reported since April 1: 

1. UnitedHealth Group is facing a proposed securities fraud class-action lawsuit alleging that the company failed to disclose that the Justice Department opened an antitrust investigation into the company. 

2. An Oklahoma jury handed UnitedHealthcare a win in its ongoing legal battle with physician staffing company TeamHealth. 

3. Aetna reached a settlement in a case alleging its fertility coverage policies discriminated against LGBTQ+ couples. 

4. Shreveport, La.-based Allegiance Health Management sued data-analytics firm MultiPlan, alleging that it conspired with major payers to underpay providers by tens of billions annually. Health Care Service Corp., Aetna, Elevance, Centene, Cigna, UnitedHealth Humana and Kaiser Permanente are also named as defendants in the case.  

5. The California Hospital Association is alleging Anthem Blue Cross of California violated the state's patient safety laws by failing to facilitate members' transfer to post-acute care. 

6. A group of three Pennsylvania health systems sued Aetna, alleging the insurer subtracted the cost of supplemental benefits from money intended for patient care. 

7. A federal judge ruled that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and BCBS Michigan must face a lawsuit from Ford Motor Co. over an alleged antitrust conspiracy among Blues plans to fix healthcare prices, thereby overcharging Ford for health insurance provided to its employees.

8. Home Depot asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its challenge to a $2.67 billion settlement with Blue Cross Blue Shield companies following a decade-long legal battle over alleged anticompetitive behavior.

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