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UnitedHealthcare Sued Over Cancer Treatment Coverage (1)

March 27, 2019, 6:45 PMUpdated: March 27, 2019, 10:51 PM

UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co. systematically denies coverage for a cancer treatment called proton beam therapy by wrongly treating it as experimental or unproven, a new proposed class action alleges.

The March 26 lawsuit accuses the insurer of using outdated medical evidence to deny coverage for the treatment, which is allegedly more effective—but about twice as expensive—as traditional radiation.

Proton beam therapy is more precise than traditional radiation and thus less likely to damage healthy tissue and organs, according to the lawsuit.

United-insured patient Kate Weissman, who says she paid $95,000 for the therapy after doctors recommended it as treatment for her...

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