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4/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A lawsuit filed against Cigna is the fourth attempt to force insurers to drop a mandatory mail-order drug program said to discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS.   South Florida-based plaintiffs law firm Podhurst Orseck is co-counsel for the potential class action brought by Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit consumer advocate teamed with...
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4/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates argue in a complaint filed Tuesday that insurer Cigna Corp. is illegally forcing AIDS and HIV patients to either get their prescriptions through the mail or pay high prices. The suit is the latest in a series of disputes involving access to HIV drugs under benefit structures that hold down costs. A Cigna spokeswoman said Tuesday...
News Story
4/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, New York (April 28, 2015, 5:56 PM ET) -- A proposed nationwide class action filed Monday in Florida federal court alleged Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. discriminates against AIDS and HIV patients by requiring them to obtain life-saving medications via mail, echoing similar lawsuits against other insurance companies in recent years....
News Story
4/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog on Monday filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Cigna of discriminating against people with HIV and AIDS and violating federal health law by requiring patients to get medication from its mail-order pharmacy. Cigna has not commented.  According to the consumer rights group, Cigna's policy violates the Affordable...
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4/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
(Photo Credit: FSRN)   The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, bars health insurance companies from denying health coverage based on pre-­existing conditions. The measure also requires most taxpayers to buy health insurance or pay a penalty at tax time – penalties that can easily climb into the hundreds of dollars. While the law...
News Story
12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer organization and an anonymous HIV/AIDS patient are suing Aetna in federal court, claiming the insurer discriminates against people with HIV/AIDS by requiring them to buy medications through the mail starting Jan. 1. The plaintiffs say the mail order requirement is expensive and violates patients' privacy. The patient and advocacy...
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12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO — A consumer advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Aetna Inc., saying a new policy violates the privacy of people with HIV and AIDS by making them get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy. Consumer Watchdog, which sued Friday in federal court, says mailing the drugs puts patients’ privacy at risk and is is...
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12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
CMS Launches Investigation Into Potentially Discriminatory Plans The Obama administration has announced that it will investigate prescription drug plans and other health benefits offered by insurers to determine whether companies are discriminating against people with chronic conditions such as AIDS, mental illness and diabetes, the New York...
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12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN DIEGO (CN) - Aetna on Jan. 1 will force customers with HIV or AIDS to buy medicine from a subsidiary or pay thousands of dollars or more each month, a class action claims in Federal Court.      John Doe et al. sued Aetna, Aetna Healthcare, and Aetna Specialty Pharmacy on Dec. 19. They also claim that the new policy...
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12/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog filed a lawsuit Friday against Aetna in federal court in San Diego, claiming the insurer discriminated against patients with HIV.   Because Aetna requires HIV patients to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy--with early refills of the drugs not permitted--Consumer...