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News Release
11/13/2014
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – Beginning on Saturday consumers may enroll in new health coverage or switch plans for 2015. Consumers should be cautious when choosing coverage because health insurers continue to throw up roadblocks to quality care, said Consumer Watchdog.   “Federal health reform has dramatically improved the health care...
News Story
9/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In 2013, United Healthcare faced a national class action lawsuit alleging its mandatory mail-order requirement illegally targeted patients living with HIV/AIDS. According to a statement from Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLP, the groups that brought the suit, a court-approved settlement was reached July 31. Starting September 4, HIV-...
News Release
9/10/2014
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- Patients with HIV and AIDS enrolled in health coverage provided by United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, may now “opt-out” of a requirement that they obtain their medications by mail-order if they have privacy or delivery concerns, or if they have difficulty discussing their HIV medications...
Blog Post
7/24/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Remember back in 2011 when Google settled  with the U.S. Department of Justice on charges that it was knowingly selling advertising on its site to Canadian pharmacies that led to illegal importation of prescription drugs? The Internet giant paid $500 million as a penalty.  Apparently the settlement didn’t have a tremendous impact...
News Release
6/16/2014
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA - Responding to mounting patient complaints, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“BCBS”) has announced it will soon end its discriminatory HIV drug-pricing practices and has taken HIV/AIDS drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS...
News Story
6/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – United Healthcare has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit in which consumers with HIV or AIDS claimed it discriminated against them by forcing them to use its own in-house mail-order service instead of local pharmacies. Any current or future class member who is receiving HIV/AIDS specialty medications...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
HIV-positive people may soon be able to opt out of United Healthcare’s specialty mail-order pharmacy program, as a class action settlement against the nation’s largest insurance provider enters into its final stages in court, according to a statement from the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP). The settlement, originally...
News Story
3/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In a move that could set an industry precedent, UnitedHealthcare settled a national class-action lawsuit by agreeing to allow patients with HIV or AIDS to opt out of a requirement to obtain medications by mail order. Those patients now can obtain their medications from in-network retail pharmacies, which will help protect their privacy, according...
News Story
3/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, Los Angeles (March 20, 2014, 4:23 PM ET) -- United Healthcare Insurance Co. has agreed to settle a proposed class action brought by consumers who suffer from HIV/AIDS and say the company’s plan forced them to obtain medications through a mail-order pharmacy in a discriminatory move, according to documents filed in California federal...
News Release
3/20/2014
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA - United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, will allow patients with HIV or AIDS to “opt-out” of a requirement that they obtain their medications by mail-order under a national class action settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas, LLP.   Due to the complex nature of...