High Court Overturns Law Allowing HMO Suits over Coverage

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The Supreme Court overturns a Texas law on patients' rights, siding with health maintenance organizations that had faced a broad range of lawsuits. The 2000 law permitted patients to sue insurers for malpractice if they were denied coverage later deemed essential. The court's unanimous ruling cited protections of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.



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