Update:  Penalties could get upgraded according to this article..as posted earlier in the state of Washington there are reserves of 2.2 billion for the major 3 insurers...I would guess the reserves are available to more than cover an extended fine here?  Is somebody listening?  BD 

Regulators also will ask an administrative law judge to uphold its allegations that the company mishandled claims and levy additional penalties of up to $1.3 billion. The state accused PacifiCare of 133,000 violations from 2005 to 2007.

So far, regulators have helped doctors and patients collect more than $1 million in payments from PacifiCare's preferred provider organization and health maintenance organization plans.

Business - PacifiCare fined record $3.5 million - sacbee.com


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