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Jury tells health plan management company that it must pay $144 million

A company that manages government health plans for the poor must pay at least $144 million in damages for wrongfully denying coverage to pregnant women eligible for Medicaid. The plaintiffs, which included the federal and Illinois governments, were awarded a total of $48 million by the jury. The company may also be liable for a total of as much as $199 million in penalties for more than 18,000 instances of fraud found by the Chicago jury.

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