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UnitedHealth Group Inc. headquarters stands in Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S., on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s OptumRx unit struck an agreement to ease customers' access to drugs through Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.'s drugstores, a move to help the business compete with rival pharmacy benefit managers. Photographer: Mike Bradley/Bloomberg UnitedHealth Group Inc. headquarters stands in Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S., on March 9, 2016. Photo: Mike Bradley/Bloomberg

A new class action lawsuit is seeking to force UnitedHealthcare to reprocess claims that were denied from a mental health subsidiary of the nation’s largest health insurer. The lawsuit comes after a federal judge ruled earlier this year that United Behavioral Health’s coverage determinations were based on “cost-cutting” and “addressing acute symptoms,” ignoring patients’ broader addiction and mental illnesses.

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at alancaster@alm.com. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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