Hilary Swank Sues SAG-AFTRA’s Health Plan After Being Denied Coverage
Hilary Swank is suing SAG-AFTRA for its apparent “barbaric” health plan after being denied coverage for the treatment of malignant ovarian cysts.
The actress filed the lawsuit this week, according to People.
The actress claims the trustees “stopped allowing Swank’s claims for treatment of ovarian cysts” in 2015, according to the court documents.
Hilary was diagnosed with ovarian cysts in 2008, around the time her “left ovary was destroyed and removed during emergency surgery,” the docs continued.
In a statement to People, the actress said she was “truly exhausted by the way women’s ovarian and cyclical health issues continue to be treated by healthcare insurance companies.”
“I have experienced it in my own life, and I continually read about it across social media and in the press,” she said. “Their policies are antiquated, barbaric and primarily view the role of women’s organs solely as a means for procreation.”
“My hope is to create change for all woman 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.”
She continued, “It’s painful enough having to deal with the nature of a female health issue, let alone having to wrestle with the stress of trying to get your insurance company to provide the coverage and care that their contract explicitly states they offer.”
Wow. You go, Hilary! We have your back.