UnitedHealthcare gives DOJ 'highly confidential' data for Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna suits

Health insurer UnitedHealthcare is requesting confidential information granted to the U.S. Department of Justice as evidence in Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna lawsuits be kept from rival hands, Hartford Courant reports.

The Minnetonka, Minn.-based health insurer gave the DOJ a large amount of proprietary and sensitive information, including UnitedHealthcare's future competition plans, pricing strategies, member information, financial data and provider rates.

Now the insurer is asking the information be kept from Aetna, Humana, Anthem and Cigna throughout their trials under a protective order. However, the courts ruled against instating a protective order, according to the report.

Whether the four insurers received any of the information is unknown. UnitedHealthcare provided the information because of the wide scope of the lawsuits and their potential effect on the health insurance market, Hartford Courant reports.

The Anthem-Cigna trial is slated for Nov. 21 and the Aetna-Humana trial is set for Dec. 5. 

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