The Missouri Department of Insurance has imposed $536,000 in fines on two sister health insurers in connection with allegations that they violated a state chiropractic benefits mandate.
The companies have offices in St. Louis and are subsidiaries of the health insurance arm of UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn.
A 2004 Missouri law requires state-regulated health insurers to cover the cost of at least 26 chiropractic visits per year without prior authorization. Coverage can be denied only if the treatment is determined not to be medically necessary, officials say.
Missouri regulators have reviewed the UnitedHealth subsidiaries’ treatment of chiropractic claims filed since 2004.