A federal judge in Miami delayed granting final approval to a $470 million settlement between Aetna, Hartford, Conn., and more than 900,000 doctors who claim they were routinely shortchanged by the nation's largest health insurers. U.S. District Court Judge Federico Moreno, who had given a preliminary go-ahead to the deal in late May, said at a final hearing that he would need at least one more week to review plaintiffs' objections, citing concerns that many physicians did not know the true value of the case or how much they were entitled to receive. Moreno is scheduled to hold a final hearing on Dec. 18 on a similar $540 million settlement proposed by Cigna Corp., Philadelphia. The seven remaining defendants in the 4-year-old case said they would go to trial rather than settle. -- by Laura B. Benko
Ruling delayed on Aetna settlement with docs
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