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Nebraska settles with health insurer

Managed Care Weekly Advisor, May 23, 2007

UnitedHealthCare has agreed to pay the Nebraska Department of Insurance $650,000, the largest fine ever imposed by the department. From July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004, the healthcare company violated 18 state insurance laws more than 800 times, according to complaints filed by the department.

UnitedHealthCare, which offers coverage to 250,000 Nebraska residents, was cited for failing to hand in accurate and timely information to the state. Other complaints included an inadequate network of emergency services or mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities in rural areas. The complaints first surfaced in 2005, and the following year, UnitedHealthCare received complaints about claims for chiropractic treatments, mental health, newborn baby care, gastric bypass, and other medical procedures.

Click here to read about the settlement.