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

UnitedHealth is once again in hot water over its practice ofpushing the cost of payment disputes onto its employer-groupclients. A new class-action lawsuit accuses the health insurancegiant of passing on more than $1 billion in costs to employers eachyear 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 theEmployee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.