West Hollywood Woman Sues Anthem Over Rejection of Coverage for Hepatitis C Medication
A West Hollywood woman who has hepatitis C has filed a lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross after the insurer refused to cover the costly medication Harvoni because her liver damage was not bad enough to make the medication "medically necessary." The insurer said, "We may approve Harvoni when the liver has a certain amount of scarring on a liver biopsy. Records we received do not show that your liver has this amount of scarring." The woman said, "I can't believe that they demand that a person get sicker before they'll pay for a cure."
- "Woman Sues Anthem Blue Cross for Refusing To Cover Hepatitis C Drug" (Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times, 5/18).