On April 16, 2010, the Settlement Claims Administrator began mailing the Settlement Notice, claim form and claim form instructions for the UnitedHealth Group UCR settlement to physicians. Physicians will be receiving a plain white mailer with “United Healthcare” written on the bottom and with the return address referencing the Settlement Claims Administrator: United HealthCare Class Action Litigation c/o Berdon Claims Administration LLC, P.O. Box 15000, Jericho, NY 11853-1001. The mailer includes the Settlement Notice, claim form and claim form instructions.
Evidence of UnitedHealth’s improper business practices gathered in the course of the AMA-led litigation was brought to the attention of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who confirmed the abuses with his own investigation. Under legal pressure from Attorney General Cuomo, UnitedHealth and several major insurers agreed to meaningful reforms that promise to help keep the system for determining out-of-network reimbursements free from further corporate manipulation.
The UnitedHealth settlement is governed by a series of court-imposed deadlines that physicians must follow. The current settlement deadlines include the following key dates:
July 27 – Deadline for filing objections to the settlement or for opting out of the settlement
Sept. 13 – Date for the final settlement hearing to consider any filed objections
Oct. 5 – Deadline for filing a claim to share in the settlement fund