Hillary Swank is suing the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan after being denied coverage for the treatment of ovarian cysts. The Oscar-winning actress spoke of her decision, stating “antiquarian” policies that “the role of women’s organs is only as an instrument for purchase.”
The 46-year-old actress began, “I am really tired of the way women’s ovarian and cyclical health issues continue to be treated by health insurance companies.” “I have experienced this in my life, and I constantly read about it in social media and the press.”
Swank said, “Their policies are ancient, barbaric and mainly see the role of women’s organs as a means of purchase only. My hope is to create change for all women who suffer from women’s health issues, who have to go to war with insurance companies who minimize the importance of their problems, to the patient (or their doctor’s) explanation of their suffering. Do not assume around, and propose severely only incredibly limited services and processes. It is painful enough to deal with the nature of a women’s health issue, let’s wrestle with the stress of trying to provide coverage and care to your insurance company that clearly states their contract that they offer. “
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs or pockets in an ovary or on its surface. According to the Mayo Clinic, a large ovarian cyst can cause pelvic pain due to a monotonous or sharp pain in the lower abdomen below the cyst. According to Swank’s lawsuit, which was obtained The peopleThe Board of Trustees of the SAGE-AFTRA Health Plan “stopped allowing Swank’s claims for treatment of ovarian cysts” in 2015 when he was diagnosed with ovarian cysts in 2008, around the time when “left ovaries” Was destroyed and removed from emergency surgery. “
Swank revealed on Instagram that he decided to speak “after years of experiencing his health issues” and the subsequent refusal from my healthcare company for services that are medically proven to preserve my life , And seeing how expensive it is without the help of an insurance company. “
“Based on what I learned, I know that most women cannot afford the necessary medical treatment to cover simple female health issues. I can only assume that they are either depleting their resources financially, or they go through treatments, quietly suffering in pain and risking their lives, ”she continued. “My hope is to be a voice for them.”
Prey Starr said the SAG-AFTRA health plan claims to “treat and protect all its members equally”, but she does not believe “it is true.”
“If you are suffering from women’s health issues, I have no doubt that you will agree with me. If you are a man, ask your mother, your daughter, your sister or a girl friend. I already know the answer, ”she wrote. “This is the time when we are treated fairly.”
Swank got the support of his teammates.
“Yes!!!!!!!” Michelle Monaghan wrote.
“Yes HILARY !!!!” Debra Messing added.
“Go go them, sister!” Shared jewel.
“Tell us if any of us can do to help!” Of swank away The co-star, Vivian Wu, said.
Leslie Bibb calls the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan the worst and our leadership the worst. They do not have our backs !!
The SAG-AFTRA Health Plan issued the following statement to Yahoo Entertainment: “Contrary to the allegations in Ms. Swank’s complaint, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan does not treat treatment for endometriosis and ovarian cysts under the plan’s infertility exclusion, but rather diagnosis and Includes the cover. Treatment of endometriosis and ovarian cysts when medically necessary. 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 trustee that Ms. Swank’s services were not medically necessary in this case. “
The statement said, “Health plan trustees care deeply about the health and well-being of our participants, as well as their privacy, and therefore we are unable to comment beyond the statements that Ms. Swank’s complaint contained in the public has been done.”
According to Swank’s lawsuit, in 2015 she was denied coverage for ovarian cyst treatment, around the same time she was “undergoing procedures to preserve her ability to conceive in the future.”
“Relying on Swank’s choice to keep his options open, trustees pointed to an exclusion in the plan for ‘infertility treatment,” relying on the notion that the sole purpose of preserving the health of an ovary was to purchase. Have to, “the lawsuit reads, per The people.
“This case addresses the startlingly confirmed question whether a woman’s sole purpose, especially her ovaries, is for purchase,” the document states. “When confronted with a claim for insurance benefits for medically necessary treatment of ovarian cysts and endometriosis, the trustees responded ‘yes,’ determining that in addition to the purpose of trying to conceive There can be no possible reason to treat those conditions. “
Swank’s doctors insisted that she was not seeking coverage for fertility treatment, not just ovarian cysts, but that “trustees dug into her heel.”
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan statement.