Minnesota discusses agreement with healthcare company over mental health coverage concerns

Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)
Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)

(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Department of Commerce has reached an agreement with UnitedHealthcare over the company's mental health coverage.  

The consent order announced yesterday followed an investigation into the way the company pays mental health and substance abuse claims. The state accused UnitedHealthcare of uneven reimbursement and failing to inform patients of their right to appeal denied claims. The state will monitor the company until March of next year to make sure changes are made.  

The company will also pay a $300,000 dollar fine that could increase to $450,000 if it fails to meet state guidelines.