Aetna to pay $17M to settle HIV privacy class-action suit
The settlement would resolve a nationwide class action lawsuit filed over, ironically, notices mailed as part of a settlement of a previous class action claiming the health insurers mail order requirement for medications violated HIV patients privacy.
By Kristen Rasmussen|January 19, 2018 at 04:44 AM
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Thousands of HIV patients whose names and conditions were visible through glassine envelopes sent through the mail will share $17 million that Aetna Insurance Co. has agreed to pay in settlement of claims that the insurer failed to protect the individuals’ privacy.
The settlement, upon judicial approval, would resolve a nationwide class action breach of privacy lawsuit filed in federal court in Philadelphia in August over, ironically, notices mailed as part of a settlement of a previous class action claiming the health insurer’s mail order requirement for medications violated HIV patients’ privacy.
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