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News Release
7/31/2017
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog, and Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Under a recent settlement of two lawsuits, members of health plans issued by Aetna, Inc. and its subsidiary, Coventry Health Care, Inc., are no longer required to obtain their HIV/AIDS medications by mail-order and may obtain those medications at retail pharmacies.  The class action lawsuits alleged that Aetna and Coventry...
News Release
10/9/2015
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
Santa Monica, CA -- CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will end a requirement that patients across the United States obtain their HIV/AIDS medications by mail-order under a settlement announced today.   The lawsuit, JOHN DOE v. CIGNA, was filed by Whatley Kallas, LLP, Consumer Watchdog—a non-profit consumer group...
News Release
4/28/2015
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
Fort Lauderdale, FL -- CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, is discriminating against patients with HIV/AIDS and attempting to circumvent the central reform of the Affordable Care Act, according to a national class action lawsuit filed late yesterday. The lawsuit, JOHN DOE v. CIGNA was brought by a Ft. Lauderdale resident. The...
News Release
9/10/2014
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Edith Kallas
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
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
CONTACT 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 Release
6/11/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan (Consumer Watchdog) or Edith Kallas (Whatley Kallas LLP)
Santa Monica, CA. -- In a potentially devastating move for the health and privacy of HIV/AIDS patients, United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, 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, according to a new statewide...
News Release
2/19/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog; or Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas LLC
Santa Monica, CA -- In response to consumer complaints and a class action lawsuit on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients in California, Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to suspend a program that would have barred patients from purchasing certain specialty medications at local pharmacies.  Under the program, patients would have been required to obtain...