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A three-year-old whistleblower lawsuit alleges Cigna fraudulently mischaracterized the health of its Medicare Advantage enrollees as a way to receive higher federal payments.

The bottom line: This lawsuit was unsealed this week, months after the Department of Justice sued Anthem over similar allegations. However, the federal government declined to intervene in this Cigna case.

Driving the news: The lawsuit against Cigna said the insurer created a health assessment for its Medicare Advantage members called a "360."

  • These 360 reviews were used as a means to record "false health conditions" for patients, and Cigna also allegedly paid bonuses to doctors to complete a certain number of these reviews.
  • Cigna did not immediately respond to questions for comment.

Flashback: Cigna's Medicare Advantage program was sanctioned in 2016 after the federal government found Cigna inappropriately denied care to its members.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to show the Department of Justice declined to intervene in the case and that the lawsuit was unsealed, not new.

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  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists — National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
  5. Cities: Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. World: London police arrest dozens during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

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Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

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Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.