Photo: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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.

Go deeper

Updated 47 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Politics: Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk — Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic"
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week — U.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. World: Australian city Melbourne to exit one of world's longest lockdowns — In photos: Coronavirus restrictions grow across Europe
  4. Media: Fox News president and several hosts advised to quarantine after possible COVID-19 exposure
  5. Nonprofit: Rockefeller Foundation commits $1 billion for COVID-19 recovery
Updated 51 mins ago - World

In photos: Coronavirus restrictions grow across Europe

A skeleton is placed at a restaurant table in Rome to protest Italy's restrictions that'll see gyms, movie theaters and pools close and bars and restaurants required to shut by 6 p.m. until at least Nov. 24. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

Restrictions are returning across much of Europe as the continent faces a second coronavirus wave.

The big picture: Spain and France each surpassed 1 million cases last week, and both countries have implemented further restrictions on citizens. Italian officials announced strict new measures, effective Monday, to combat another cases spike. From Denmark to Romania, take a look at what steps countries have been taking, in photos.

Updated 2 hours ago - Science

Tropical Storm Zeta may strengthen into hurricane before reaching U.S.

The U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico are bracing for another possible hurricane after Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the Caribbean Sea Sunday.

Of note: Zeta is the 27th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season — equaling a record set in 2005.