USA: Consumer group sues Cigna over alleged discrimination against people with HIV & AIDS

Author: Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press, Published on: 29 April 2015

"Consumer Group Sues Cigna, Alleges Discrimination" 28 Apr 2015

A consumer advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Cigna saying a new policy discriminates against people with HIV and AIDS and violates the federal health law by requiring them to get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy...Consumer Watchdog filed the lawsuit Monday in South Florida federal court. It says sending the drugs through the mail puts privacy at risk...It also says the mail is not a reliable way to ensure people get their medications on time and prevents them from interacting in person with a pharmacist. Patients who do not obtain their medications by mail must pay full price.The group alleges that the policy also violates the Affordable Care Act...Cigna had not responded to an e-mail seeking comment by Tuesday morning...The group filed a similar lawsuit against Aetna in California late last year. [Also refers to Anthem Blue Cross, United Healthcare] 

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