The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a consent judgment and court order requiring a state medical society to reimburse beneficiaries for claims left over from a health plan that the society once operated, officials say.
The judgment and order resolve a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.
The order requires the Mississippi State Medical Association, Ridgeland, Miss., to help 1,800 individuals who participated in the MSMA’s old Mississippi State Medical Association Benefit Plan and Trust pay any unpaid health claims the association plan originally was supposed to pay.
Mississippi association representatives were not immediately available to comment.
The MSMA started the association health plan in the 1980s to provide health benefits to for MSMA member physicians and the members’ employees and families, Labor Department officials say.