Aetna Health Inc. and CIGNA Corp. came under fire today for claims that they used rigged data to significantly under-reimburse physicians. The American Medical Association (AMA) and several state medical associations, including the Medical Society of New Jersey, joined with individual physicians in filing separate class-action lawsuits against the carriers, according to an AMA release.

The two lawsuits, filed late yesterday in New Jersey federal court, contend that for more than a decade the health insurers used a fraudulent system to underpay physicians for out-of-network medical services, and forced patients to pay a greater portion of the costs, the AMA says.

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