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UnitedHealthcare Beats Cancer Treatment Coverage Suit, for Now

March 26, 2020, 1:39 PM

UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co. convinced a federal judge in Massachusetts to dismiss a proposed class action challenging its coverage of a cancer treatment called proton beam therapy, but the patient who sued will get another chance to make her case.

Kate Weissman’s complaint states a valid claim for fiduciary breach under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, but it must be dismissed because it doesn’t also include a claim for ERISA benefits, Judge Allison D. Burroughs held Wednesday. Burroughs dismissed the case but gave Weissman three weeks to file a new complaint.

The lawsuit accuses United of systematically denying coverage for...

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