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Aetna Ordered to Pay Family of Cancer Patient Denied Treatment

HeadlineNov 12, 2018

And in Oklahoma City, a jury has ordered the insurance giant Aetna to pay over $25 million to the family of a cancer patient who died after she was denied cancer treatment. The jury ruled Aetna acted recklessly in 2014 when three of the company’s medical directors decided to deny radiation therapy to Orrana Cunningham, who had stage IV cancer near her brain stem. The directors called the treatment “experimental,” even though it’s covered under Medicare. Orrana died in 2015 at the age of 54; doctors think the treatment denied by Aetna might have dramatically extended her life.

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