RADNOR, Pa., March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firms of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP and Cooper & Kirk, PLLC have filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota against UnitedHealth Group Inc., UnitedHealthCare, Inc., UnitedHealthcare Life Insurance Co., Optum, Inc. and OptumRx, Inc. (collectively "Defendants") for their unlawful denial of coverage and refusal to pay for Harvoni – a medically necessary treatment which can effectively cure chronic Hepatitis C ("CHC").
Hepatitis C is a contagious blood-borne virus that attacks the liver and affects millions of people in the United States. The chronic form of Hepatitis C leads to a host of medical problems.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Harvoni exclusively for the treatment of genotype 1 CHC patients in October of 2014, calling it a "breakthrough" drug. Harvoni is the first drug approved for the treatment of CHC that does not require combination with other drugs, and can effectively cure CHC in 94% to 100% of cases with little to no side effects. Notwithstanding the life-saving treatment offered to CHC patients by Harvoni, Defendants have unlawfully limited Plaintiff's and class members' access to this miracle drug by developing arbitrary coverage criteria.
As detailed in the complaint, Plaintiff and class members were diagnosed with Hepatitis C, prescribed Harvoni by their physicians, and unlawfully denied coverage of Harvoni by the Defendants. As a result, Plaintiff and class members have been and continue to be irreparably damaged by Defendants' denial of coverage for their medically necessary Harvoni treatment. To view a copy of the complaint filed in this action, or for additional information about the lawsuit, please visit www.ktmc.com/hepatitis-c-harvoni-united-health-care.
Hepatitis C patients that have been denied coverage for Harvoni by their insurance company are encouraged to contact Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP (Darren J. Check, Esq., James Maro, Esq. or Adrienne O. Bell, Esq.) at (888) 299-7706 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an inquiry for information online at www.ktmc.com/hepatitis-c-harvoni-united-health-care.
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check prosecutes class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check is a driving force behind corporate governance reform, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of institutional and individual investors from the United States and around the world. The firm represents investors, consumers and whistleblowers (private citizens who report fraudulent practices against the government and share in the recovery of government dollars). For more information about Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, or for additional information about participating in this action, please visit www.ktmc.com.
Cooper & Kirk, PLLC prosecutes large scale, high profile cases throughout the country. The firm has recovered billions of dollars on behalf its clients in a wide range of matters. For more information about Cooper & Kirk, please visit http://www.cooperkirk.com.
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP
Darren J. Check, Esq.
James Maro, Esq.
Adrienne O. Bell, Esq.
280 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087
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