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Central States Health Fund Wins $300,000 Spat With Injured Teen

July 20, 2020, 7:38 PM

An 18-year-old who was injured while having her gallbladder removed must reimburse a Teamsters health plan for the $300,000 in medical bills it paid on her behalf, because the plan contained an enforceable reimbursement requirement, the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday.

Shelby Haynes is bound by the reimbursement provision in the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Health & Welfare Fund, which requires plan beneficiaries to pay back benefits they receive that are later covered by third parties, the court said in an opinion by Frank H. Easterbrook. That applies to Haynes, who received a $1.5 million medical malpractice settlement in...

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