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Some health insurers received and then returned unsolicited payments from the $30 billion grant fund that HHS distributed to offer COVID-19 financial relief to health care providers, Modern Healthcare reported. UnitedHealth Group received and returned $49 million, Cigna Corp. returned $41 million, and CVS Health Corp., which owns Aetna, received and returned $43 million. Humana Inc. and Centene Corp. also told Modern Healthcare that they returned some relief funding, though they did not disclose how much. Read the article at

CVS Health Corp. is being sued by six Blue Cross Blue Shield plans that claim CVS “intentionally engaged in a fraudulent scheme” to overcharge them for prescription drugs by “submitting claims for payment at artificially inflated prices.” The lawsuit claims CVS “intentionally told third-party payors, including Plaintiffs, that the prices charged to cash customers for …generic drugs were higher — often much higher,” than they actually were. “Third-party payors then reimbursed CVS based on those higher, inflated prices — instead of the actual, lower, prices CVS offered to the general public, including through its Cash Discount Programs.” CVS is disputing the claims. View the lawsuit at

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