The university system previously denied the claims, but must now pay as part of a class action settlement, The Missoulian reported ( http://bit.ly/2ptLsdX ) Sunday. The university system used to have an exclusion in its health insurance policy stating it would not pay benefits if other insurance was available, attorney for the plaintiffs Hillary Carls said. About 45,000 letters have been sent to people who might have had a claim between October 2001 and December 2016, McRae said. The university system funds its own health insurance plan and keeps a "multi-million (dollar) reserve," McRae said.

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