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UnitedHealth Beats Breastfeeding Coverage Suit in Ninth Circuit

Sept. 16, 2021, 8:03 PM

A group of mothers who sued UnitedHealth Group Inc. over its coverage of breastfeeding support services struck out in the Ninth Circuit, which on Thursday upheld the insurer’s denial of reimbursement and reversed an order granting partial class status.

UnitedHealth properly declined to reimburse Rachel Condry and Felicity Barber for their lactation support services because they chose to see out-of-network providers even though there were in-network providers nearby, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said in an unpublished opinion. Although the Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover these services in full, plans that offer access to ...

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