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UnitedHealthcare To Again Review Tricare Specialty Care Referrals

The Department of Defense will once again allow UnitedHealthcare to review and authorize every specialty care referral in Tricare. The insurer also notified California that it will no longer sell individual insurance in that state.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Pentagon Cancels Emergency Measures, Lets UnitedHealthcare Approve Tricare Referrals
The Defense Department has lifted emergency measures imposed on UnitedHealthcare because of missteps in the administration of a contract that provides health care to military members, veterans and their families. Beginning Wednesday, UnitedHealthcare’s Military & Veterans unit will once again be able to review and authorize every referral to specialty care made by primary care doctors in the government's Tricare insurance program (Spencer, 7/2).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: UnitedHealthcare Notifies California Regulators That It Will Stop Selling Individual Policies
A second health insurer notified state regulators Tuesday that it will stop selling individual policies in California. UnitedHealthcare announced it will no longer offer individual insurance plans after the end of the year. It will focus instead on its core business of group plans for large and small employers (7/2).

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