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UnitedHealth to pay $20 million in claims probe

Managed Care Weekly Advisor, September 12, 2007

UnitedHealth has agreed to pay $20 million to 36 states to settle an investigation of its claims processing.

According to The Buffalo News, New York state will get the largest portion of the settlement ($4 million), which is the largest healthcare settlement in the state insurance department's history. The settlement also includes a three-year improvement plan that allows five other states to monitor UnitedHealth's marketing practices through 2010.

The Minneapolis-based health insurer is the second largest in the nation. If the company fails to meet the goals listed in the settlement, it could be fined up to an additional $20 million.

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