Humana Medical Plan v. Western Heritage Ins. Co., No. 15-11436 (11th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Humana filed suit against Western, alleging claims for double damages pursuant to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP), 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(3)(A), private cause of action and for a declaratory judgment regarding Western’s obligation to reimburse Humana for Medicare benefits that Humana paid on behalf of its Medicare Advantage plan enrollee. The district court granted summary judgment to Humana. At issue, as a matter of first impression, is whether the MSP private cause of action permits a Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) to sue a primary payer that refuses to reimburse the MAO for a secondary payment. The court joined the Third Circuit and held that an MAO may sue a primary payer under the MSP private cause of action. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on January 25, 2018.