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3rd Circuit revives suit North Jersey Brain v. Aetna

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The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with five other circuit appeals courts in a recent ruling on when providers have standing to sue health insurers for benefits under the Employee Retiree Income Security Act (ERISA).

A three-judge panel at the 3rd Circuit reversed a lower-court decision on a New Jersey case, North Jersey Brain & Spine Center v. Aetna, and found that the spine treatment center gained standing to sue for benefits when three patients assigned the center the right to get insurance benefits payments.

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Earlier, a U.S. District Court judge had ruled that providers need explicit authorization from patients to sue insurers on their behalf, not simply assignment-of-benefits authorizations.

Charles Toutant covered the case in full for the New Jersey Law Journal.

To read Toutant’s article, click here.