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Medical society requesting documents in United-Health Net deal

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 8, 2010

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The Connecticut State Medical Society is fighting to stop UnitedHealth Group's takeover of Health Net's business in the Northeast, and is looking for documents demonstrating United's past behavior in the marketplace.

In a Jan. 27 request under the Freedom of Information Act, the medical society asked the state Dept. of Insurance for copies of any correspondence and other documents related to United's compliance with a 1997 multistate agreement. The agreement with state insurance departments was supposed to push the company to improve its claims processing, customer service and handling of appeals.

The CSMS earlier in January filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Dept. of Insurance's approval of United's plan to buy renewal rights for Health Net's membership in the Northeast. The medical society claims the state didn't give proper weight to the arguments against the deal before signing off on it.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/02/08/bibf0208.htm.

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