The Supreme Court rejected without comment a petition to delay a massive class-action lawsuit by physicians against the nation's largest health insurers. The case, brought on behalf of about 600,000 doctors, accuses the insurers of delaying and denying reimbursements for medically necessary care in a racketeering conspiracy. A trial is scheduled for the fall in U.S. District Court in Miami. The insurers argued that a judge was wrong to allow some claims to go to trial before others were arbitrated. The suit names Coventry Health Care, Humana, PacifiCare Health Systems, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint. Aetna, Cigna Corp., Health Net and Prudential Financial, which previously operated Prudential Health Care, have reached settlements in the case. -- by Tony Fong
High court refuses to delay suit against insurers
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