Utah fines UnitedHealthcare for selling unapproved health plans

Utah has fined UnitedHealthcare $546,500 for selling unapproved health plans to state residents.

In March 2022, the state discovered that UnitedHealthcare sold unapproved policies to a Utah resident without filing appropriate forms, according to a May 2 document from the state's insurance department.

"During this investigation, [UnitedHealthcare] discovered, and self-reported, an additional association that also had Utah members in a group health plan using unfiled forms. The forms were originally filed in Illinois and should have also been filed in Utah," the state said.

The large group policy included nearly 2,200 Utah residents and had been in place since 2014. UnitedHealthcare submitted new forms to Utah in May 2022, which were first rejected because of incorrect information, and then received approval in July 2023.

"We are committed to ensuring our members have access to the care they need," a UnitedHealthcare spokesperson told Becker's. "We have resolved the administrative issue the State of Utah identified and remain dedicated to collaborating with people in Utah to deliver high quality, affordable health care."

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