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News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group has sued the health insurer Aetna, claiming that it discriminated against patients with H.I.V. when it required them to obtain medications exclusively through its own mail-order pharmacy. The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in San Diego by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, argues that Aetna’s policy violates the...
News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
HIV-positive plan subscribers of Aetna Inc. are suing to stop the insurance giant from putting into place a New Year’s policy that they say threatens their health and privacy, according to a putative class action filed in California federal court Friday. An unnamed John Doe seeks to lead a class of Aetna beneficiaries who say that they are...
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...
Legal Update
6/16/2014
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Over the weekend, one of our federal employee "John Doe" clients received a nice surprise from his health insurer: the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") will no longer charge higher (discriminatory) co-pays for HIV drugs and has taken HIV drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health,...
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
7/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Matt Reynolds at Courthouse News Service reports that United Healthcare Insurance subjects thousands of HIV-positive Californians to "potentially life-threatening" delays by making them get their prescription drugs through the mail, a class action claims in Federal Court. John Doe sued United Healthcare Insurance, mail order pharmacy...
News Story
6/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The California advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has sued UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest insurer, alleging it is illegally forcing its sickest and most vulnerable members to abandon their local pharmacies in favor of United’s own in-house mail-order service. The mail-order rule is discriminatory under state civil rights law and...