Federal Judge in CT Blocks United From Dropping Docs

Dec 6, 2013

A federal judge in Connecticut is blocking United Healthcare’s move to drop hundreds of doctors from its Medicare Advantage network.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Fairfield and Hartford County Medical Associations convinced the court that removing the more than 2-thousand doctors in Connecticut from the health insurance network would be too damaging. And that the insurer plans to appeal the decision.

United Healthcare drew fire for its decision to drop hundreds of doctors from its Medicare Advantage plan in Rhode Island, as well. The Rhode Island Medical Society, Rhode Island Hospital, the state’s congressional delegation, and state health officials have all voiced their complaints to the insurer.

In an email statement, United told Rhode Island Public Radio that it made the cuts to encourage higher quality care that’s more affordable. But it hasn’t said publicly why it cut particular doctors. 

The moves come just days before the deadline to sign up for or switch managed Medicare plans.