Hollywood actor Hilary Swank has settled her lawsuit against SAG-AFTRA Health Plan after being denied health coverage for treatment of ovarian cysts.According to court documents obtained by People magazine, both parties submitted a joint settlement agreement to resolve the matter earlier this month. The details of the settlement have not been disclosed. In September 2020, the two-time Oscar winner had filed a lawsuit against the board of trustees of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan last September. Her claim stated that she had been wrongly denied coverage for ongoing treatment of endometriosis and ovarian cysts. Hilary Swank Joins Emma Roberts and Justin Hartley in the Thriller The Hunt.
In the lawsuit, Swank claimed that she received coverage for her treatment from 2008 to 2015, when the trustees “stopped allowing” her claims. The filing added that this happened around the same time Swank was “undergoing procedures to preserve her ability to conceive in the future.” In a statement to People magazine at the time, the actor argued that the board of trustees had made a sexist decision in denying her treatment, saying that she was “truly exhausted by the way women’s ovarian and cyclical health issues continue to be treated by healthcare insurance companies.” I Am Mother Star Hilary Swank to Be Honoured With Leopard Club Award at Locarno Film Fest 2019.
Swank said, “I have experienced it in my own life, and I continually read about it across social media and in the press. Their policies are antiquated, barbaric and primarily view the role of women’s organs solely as a means for procreation.” She continued and added, “My hope is to create change for all women suffering from women’s health issues that have to battle with insurance companies who diminish the significance of their problems, don’t believe the patient (or their doctor’s) explanations surrounding their suffering, and severely preclude coverage to only incredibly limited services and procedures.”
In a statement obtained by People magazine, at the time, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan said, “Contrary to the allegations in Ms Swank’s complaint, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan does not exclude treatment for endometriosis and ovarian cysts under the Plan’s infertility exclusion but rather covers diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis and ovarian cysts when medically necessary.”The statement further stated that “as reflected in the complaint, the accredited Independent Review Organization (which is a completely separate entity from the Plan) reached the same conclusion as the Plan’s Trustees that Ms Swank’s services were not medically necessary in this case.”
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