Spinedex v United Healthcare of Arizona, Inc.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF ARIZONA

CASE NO.  CV 08-00457-PHX-ROS


THIS WEBSITE IS IN REGARDS TO A PROPOSED SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION AND FINAL FAIRNESS HEARING.


A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT INVOLVING UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED AND CERTAIN SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES WILL PROVIDE CASH PAYMENTS TO CERTAIN HEALTH PLAN MEMBERS (PARTICIPANTS OR BENEFICIARIES) AND MEDICAL PROVIDERS WHO RECEIVED OR PROVIDED OUT-OF-NETWORK NONSURGICAL SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY, AND WHO MEET OTHER CRITERIA DESCRIBED ON THIS WEBSITE.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ARE AFFECTED WHETHER OR NOT YOU ACT. PLEASE READ THIS WEBSITE CAREFULLY. A COURT AUTHORIZED THIS WEBSITE. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FROM A LAWYER.

  • If you were or are a Plan Member (i.e., a participant or beneficiary) of a private sector employer-sponsored health plan insured or administered by the United Defendants, or a medical provider who treated such a Plan Member, and if you submitted a claim for reimbursement of Out-of-Network nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy services (“Decompression Therapy”), you may be a member of the Settlement Class and eligible for a payment if you qualify and submit a valid Claim Form.  As detailed below, payments from the Settlement Fund will be made to certain Settlement Class Members whose Decompression Therapy claims were denied between March 7, 2002 and April 24, 2019, and who experienced difficulty appealing United’s decision to deny the claims. 
  • Defendants are United Healthcare of Arizona, Inc., Ingenix, Inc., United Health Group Inc., United Healthcare, Inc., United Healthcare Services, Inc., and United Healthcare Insurance Co., 5 & Diner Franchise Corp. Group Health Plan, Abbott Laboratories Health Care Plan, Acoustic Technologies, Inc. Group Health Plan, Adobe Drywall, LLC/Adobe Paint, LLC Welfare Benefit Plan, ADP TotalSource, Inc. Health and Welfare Plan, Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona, P.C. Group Health Plan, Alcatel-Lucent Retiree Welfare Benefits Plan, America West Holdings Corporation Employees’ Health Care Plan, American Express Medical and Dental Plan, Art In Metal USA, LLC Group Health Plan, AT&T Medical Expense Plan for Occupational Employees, Car-Graph, Inc., Group Health Plan, Delta Family-Care Medical Plan, Discount Tire Company/America’s Tire Company Welfare Benefit Plan, Downtown Tempe Community Inc. Group Health Plan, Faxwatch, Inc. Group Health Plan, General Motors Corporation Group Health Plan, Genuine Parts Company Group Health Plan, Hasbro, Inc. Employee Benefit Plan, Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. Group Health Plan, Honeywell International Inc. Group Health Plan, IBM Medical and Dental Benefits Plan for Regular Full-time and Part-Time Employees, Insight Enterprises Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan, Iridium Satellite LLC Group Health Plan, ITC Manufacturing & Powder Coating Group Health Plan, Martz Agency Welfare Benefit Plan, MetLife Options Plan, Oldcastle, Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan, Pinnacle Engineering, Inc. Group Health Plan, Pfizer Medical Plan, The Procter & Gamble Health Care Plan, Qualex Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan, Qwest Health Care Plan, Revlon Consumer Products Corporation Group Health Plan, Richard A. Bietz, D.D.S., P.C. Group Health Plan, Shamrock Foods Company Welfare Benefit Plan, Shasta Industries Health Plan, Southwest Airlines Co. Funded Welfare Benefit Plan, The Smith Barney Inc. Medical Benefit Plan, SUMCO USA Welfare Benefit Plan, Temcon Concrete Welfare Benefit Plan, URS Corporation Welfare Benefits Plan, Watson Williams Freight Agency Inc. Group Health Plan, and Wells Fargo Health Plan.
  • Although the Defendants were the only parties sued, the Settlement covers all private sector employer-sponsored health plans insured or administered by the United Defendants or related entities.  You may contact the Settlement Administrator to obtain a list of those related entities. 
  • If you have a question about whether you are a member of the Settlement Class, please contact the Settlement Administrator, as detailed in FAQ 14.


YOUR LEGAL OPTIONS AND ASSOCIATED RIGHTS IN THIS SETTLEMENT


Option

Associated Rights and Consequences

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM

The way to get a payment if you qualify. 

You must submit the Online Claim Form or fill out and return a Paper Claim Form by first-class mail, postmarked no later than May 24, 2019.  Group 1 (Plan Members) Paper Claim Form or Group 2 (Medical Providers) Paper Claim Form

ASK TO BE EXCLUDED

Receive no payment.

This is the only option that may allow you individually to sue the Defendants over the claims resolved by this Settlement.

You must fill out and return the Opt-Out Request Form by first-class mail, postmarked no later than May 24, 2019.

OBJECT

Submit a statement to Settlement Class Counsel about why you do not agree with the Settlement, by hand delivery or by first-class mail, no later than May 24, 2019.  Class Counsel will consolidate all objections and file them with the Court in advance of the Final Fairness Hearing.

GO TO A HEARING

The Final Fairness Hearing will be held on August 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

At or following this hearing, the federal court judge will make a final decision as to whether the Settlement is fair to all members of the Settlement Class.  If you wish, you or your counsel, at your own expense, may attend the hearing and ask to speak in Court about the Settlement.

DO NOTHING

Get no payment and give up your rights.


  • These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in the Notice.
  • The Settlement will resolve all claims against the Defendants as explained in the Settlement Agreement.
  • The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to finally approve the Settlement. 
  • Payments will be made if the Court approves the Settlement and any appeals are resolved.  Please be patient.              

This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.

For more information please call 844-702-2787

Documents

Please read for a full explanation of the settlement and your options and all applicable timelines.

Contact

Contact us with any inquiries, comments, and/or requests.

Submit Claim

Click here to safely and securely submit a Claim Form.

Important Dates

  • Exclusion Deadline.

    Friday, May 24, 2019 You must complete and mail your request for exclusion form so that it is postmarked no later than Friday, May 24, 2019.
  • Objection Deadline.

    Friday, May 24, 2019 You must mail your objection(s) and/or notice of intent to appear at the Final Approval Hearing so that it/they are postmarked no later than Friday, May 24, 2019.
  • Claim Form Deadline.

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    You must submit your Claim Form on line no later than Friday, May 24, 2019, or mail your completed paper Claim Form so that it is postmarked no later than Friday, May 24, 2019.

  • Final Fairness Hearing Date.

    Thursday, August 1, 2019

    The Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 10:00 am. Please check this website for updates.

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