A decision stopping UnitedHealthcare from terminating more than 2,000 doctors from its Medicare Advantage plan in Connecticut is under scrutiny by medical groups across the country. U.S. District Court Stefan Underhill issued a restraining order after the medical associations of Fairfield and Hartford counties sought emergency relief.

The restraining order came two days before a deadline for the 14 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage policies to choose a doctor for the coming year. About 2.9 million of those use UnitedHealthcare for the insurance, which provides more drug coverage than traditional Medicare, but requires patients to use network doctors.

The associations and UnitedHealthcare disagree, the court said, about whether the insurer could drop doctors without notice. The court ruled that the medical groups were likely to win their lawsuit based on contractual claims.

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