The court found that United had discretionary authority to interpret the terms of plans. (Photo: Jim Mone/AP)

A federal appellate court ruled this week that United Behavioral Health did not wrongly deny benefits to enrollees in employer-sponsored health plans. The decision overturned a lower court decision, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling and continue to support our members with the mental health care services they need, when they need it, as part of our broader commitment to accessible, quality care,” according to the company, which administers UnitedHealth Group’s substance abuse care benefits and mental health care benefits for employer-sponsored health plans.

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