Bloomberg Law
Oct. 13, 2016, 3:30 PM

United Behavioral Health Must Face ERISA Class Action

Jacklyn Wille
Jacklyn Wille

United Behavioral Health can’t immediately appeal a decision allowing participants in as many as 3,000 health plans to challenge the insurer’s coverage denials as a certified class (Wit v. United Behavioral Health, 2016 BL 340342, N.D. Cal., No. 3:14-cv-05337-JCS, 10/12/16).

In rejecting United’s bid for immediate appeal, this Oct. 12 ruling by a federal judge will force the insurer to defend class action claims that it improperly denied coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatments. In September, the judge found that the participants leading two separate lawsuits satisfied the federal requirements for maintaining a class ...