UnitedHealth drops doctors from Medicare Advantage Plans

|About: UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH)|By:, SA News Editor

UnitedHealth (UNH) has cut thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage Plans in recent weeks, due to what the company calls "significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment."

Physicians can appeal within 30 days, leaving uncertainty about which doctors are in or out of the the schemes ahead of a patient deadline to switch Medicare plans on December 7.

UnitedHealth's move comes as the Obama administration plans to reduce funding for Medicare Advantage in order to pay for the healthcare law.

Patients, doctors group and politicians are understandably not happy with UnitedHealth's actions, and the first lawsuit has already been filed.