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Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Co. v. United States

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

June 14, 2018

LAND OF LINCOLN MUTUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY, AN ILLINOIS NONPROFIT MUTUAL INSURANCE CORPORATION, Plaintiff-Appellant
v.
UNITED STATES, Defendant-Appellee

          Appeal from the United States Court of Federal Claims in No. 1:16-cv-00744-CFL, Judge Charles F. Lettow.

          Jonathan Massey, Massey & Gail LLP, Washington, DC, argued for plaintiff-appellant. Also represented by Daniel P. Albers, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Chicago, IL; Scott E. Pickens, Washington, DC.

          Alisa Beth Klein, Appellate Staff, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, argued for defendant-appellee. Also represented by Chad A. Readler, August E. Flentje, Mark B. Stern, Carleen Mary Zubrzycki.

          Barak Bassman, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA, for amicus curiae National Alliance of State Health CO-Ops. Also represented by Marc D. Machlin, Washington, DC.

          Lawrence Sher, Reed Smith LLP, Washington, DC, for amici curiae Highmark Inc., Highmark BCBSD Inc., Highmark West Virginia Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Blue Cross of Idaho Health Service, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Also represented by Kyle Richard Bahr, Conor Michael Shaffer, Colin E. Wrabley, Pittsburgh, PA.

          Daniel Gordon Jarcho, McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, Washington, DC, for amici curiae Avera Health Plans, DAKOTACARE.

          Steven Rosenbaum, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC, for amicus curiae Moda Health Plans, Inc. Also represented by Caroline Brown.

          Leslie Berger Kiernan, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, Washington, DC, for amicus curiae Americas Health Insurance Plans. Also represented by Robert K. Huffman; Ruthanne Mary Deutsch, Hyland Hunt, Deutsch Hunt PLLC, Washington, DC.

          Stephen A. Swedlow, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Chicago, IL, for amici curiae Health Republic Insurance Company, Alliance of Community Health Plans. Also represented by J. D. Horton, Adam Wolfson, Los Angeles, CA.

          Ankur Goel, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, Washington, DC, for amici curiae Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina, BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina, Inc. Also represented by M. Miller Baker, Joshua David Rogaczewski.

          Thomas G. Hungar, Office of General Counsel, United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC, for amicus curiae United States House of Representatives. Also represented by Kimberly Hamm, Todd B. Tatelman.

          Before Prost, Chief Judge, Newman and Moore, Circuit Judges.

          OPINION

          PROST CHIEF JUDGE

         For the reasons stated in our decision in the companion case, Moda Health Plan, Inc. v. United States, No. 17-1994, the statutory and contract claims of appellant Land of Lincoln Mutual Health fail. Additionally, because Land of Lincoln cannot state a contract claim, ...


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