Justice Dept. Plans to Block $13 Billion Deal by UnitedHealth Group

The agency’s expected lawsuit against the deal for a health technology company would be the latest move by the Biden administration to quash corporate consolidation.

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UnitedHealthcare May Deny Emergency Visit Coverage

Within days of announcing a policy shift aimed at cutting back on reimbursements for emergency room care, the major insurer retreated — for now.

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Doctors Sue UnitedHealthcare

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

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Doctors Accuse UnitedHealthcare of Stifling Competition

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

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Burned by Low Reimbursements, Some Doctors Stop Testing for Covid

Some insurers pay pediatricians less than the cost of the test itself, jeopardizing a tool to help control the pandemic.

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UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

Under MedAdvantage plans, the major insurer is sending packages including Tamiflu and coronavirus tests to those considered especially vulnerable to Covid and the flu.

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Natural History Museum Union Files Complaint Over Coronavirus App

The app would have asked employees to report if they had a fever and any new symptoms each day. Some see it as an invasion of privacy.

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Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic

Consumers are probably entitled to millions of dollars in rebates under Obamacare rules that cap companies’ profits.

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F.D.A. Paves Way for Home Testing of Coronavirus

New findings, scientists say, will speed up the mass production of affordable self-collection kits that can be dropped in the mail.

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