Plaintiff whose insurer delayed surgery is awarded $14 million over opioid dependency:

Full Article by Christian Martinez


A Los Angeles County jury awarded more than $14 million this week to a woman who sued her health insurance provider alleging that the company’s long delay in approving surgery for a painful condition led to her opioid dependency.

Health Net was ordered to pay $7.5 million in punitive damages and $6.9 million in compensatory damages after the jury found that the company had delayed or denied care without proper cause, resulting in harm to the plaintiff, Elaine Courtney.
Health Net, which also administers Medi-Cal health plans, said it was “exploring [its] options to appeal.”

“Health Net believes the verdict in the trial is flawed,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to vigorously defend our position in court as well as our record of providing quality care to millions of Californians.”

READ MORE

BACK TO

MISSION

HC4US advocates for comprehensive, high-quality universal health care through single-payer public financing. Our goal is to guarantee health care as a human right for ALL California residents, advancing the larger fight for health care justice and energizing the implementation of national Single Payer/Medicare for All.

CONTACT

HC4US

Health Care for  US

info@hc4us.org

Phone: (310)459-9763

DONATE

Your contribution helps our ongoing work to guarantee comprehensive, high-quality health care as a human right and lead in the larger fight for health care justice. 

To chip in, go here.