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Lawsuit aims to protect patient and doctor's rights to quality healthcare and to prevent insurers from interfering with patient choice
Launching “Call to Action” campaign against insurer that puts profits before patients
The lawsuit, filed in
“Aetna is putting profits ahead of patient’s health and safety; that’s immoral and too often it is also illegal,” said
Joining LACMA and CMA as plaintiffs are the
“This lawsuit is about defending patient rights to quality care, which Aetna is ignoring,” said
The allegations against Aetna include false advertising, breach of contract, unfair business practices, and both intentional and negligent interference with healthcare providers. The suit seeks an end to the practices, an immediate injunction, compensation for patients and physicians, and punitive damages including triple damages under the federal Lanham Act.
Along with this lawsuit, the coalition is issuing a call to action to the many patients, employers and physicians who have been denied coverage, threatened or retaliated against by Aetna. The coalition has established a page on LACMA’s website, LACMAnet.org, for patients, physicians and employers to share their experiences about Aetna.
“We want to hear your stories and we want your employers to hear your stories so that when they choose a company to provide medical insurance services they pick one that lives up to its promises and puts patients first,” added Delgadillo. “We want Aetna to hear your stories and we want them to know that we will be telling these stories loudly: in court, in the state capital and in city halls across
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LACMA and the other plaintiffs are being represented by the law firms,
The suit recounts the experience of a