A federal court judge ruled late Thursday in a case that pitted two medical associations in Connecticut against the nation’s largest health insurer.
In response to the judge granting a preliminary injunction, temporarily halting UnitedHealthcare’s plan to cut thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage network next year, the insurer’s spokesman Terence O’Hara wrote the following via e-mail shortly before midnight:
“We respectfully disagree with the court’s preliminary ruling and intend to appeal immediately. We believe the court’s ruling will create unnecessary and harmful confusion and disruption to Medicare beneficiaries in Connecticut. We continue to have a broad network of doctors that is designed to encourage higher quality, affordable health care coverage. We know that these changes can be concerning for some doctors and customers, and supporting our customers is our highest priority. UnitedHealthcare will continue to stay focused on the people we serve.”
Check back for more on this Friday. For background information, see this blog post from Tuesday regarding the court procedure.