AETNA MUST PAY $25M TO LATE CANCER PA­TIENT’S FAM­ILY

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Ok­la­homa City — A jury has or­dered Aetna to pay more than $25 mil­lion to the fam­ily of an Ok­la­homa City woman who died a year af­ter the in­sur­ance com­pany re­fused to cover a type of ra­di­a­tion therapy. Jurors found that Aetna doc­tors didn’t spend enough time re­view­ing Or­rana Cun­ning­ham’s case be­fore deny­ing her cov­er­age for pro­ton beam therapy in 2014, The Ok­la­homan re­ported. The jury ruled that Aetna reck­lessly dis­re­garded its duty to deal fairly and in good faith with Cun­ning­ham, who had na­sopha­ryn­geal cancer. Aetna is con­sid­er­ing whether to ap­peal the rul­ing, which was is­sued this past week. Com­pany at­tor­ney John Shely said the in­surer tries to do the right thing.

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