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Lawsuits against Kaiser Permanente in the state of Washington
National Health Insurers Face Federal Lawsuits
By Karen Pallarito
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some of the nation's largest managed care companies are the target of a new round of federal lawsuits for their alleged failure to disclose financial incentives to deny or limit medical care services.
On June 22, Kaiser Permanente was named a defendant in a class action lawsuit accusing the Oakland, California-based health insurer of breaching its duty to fully disclose how it makes treatment decisions. The suit, filed in federal court in Tacoma, Washington, charges the health plan with violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the federal law governing health benefit plans.