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UnitedHealthcare The new suit, Scott v. UnitedHealth Group, was brought by an employee at AT&T as well as an employee at CenturyLink, arguing on behalf of thousands of their fellow employees. (Photo: Shutterstock)

UnitedHealth is once again in hot water over its practice of pushing the cost of payment disputes onto its employer-group clients. A new class-action lawsuit accuses the health insurance giant of passing on more than $1 billion in costs to employers each year through a practice called “cross-plan offsetting.”

The company faced a similar lawsuit last year, when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the practice was in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is managing editor at BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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