Hillary Swank sues SAG-AFTRA Health Plan over denial of coverage for ovarian cysts treatments

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Actress Hillary Swank filed a lawsuit against the Board of Trustees of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Health Plan on Tuesday.

In her complaint, Swank alleged that the SAG-AFTRA Health PlanTrustees unfairly denied her claim for insurance benefits for “medically necessary treatment for ovarian cysts and endometriosis.”

Hillary Swank is suffering from recurrent malignant ovarian cysts

Hillary Swank has been suffering from recurrent malignant ovarian cysts, which was diagnosed in 2008. That year, she underwent emergency surgery to remove her damaged left ovary.

Since the surgery, her doctors required her to undergo aspirations of the cysts—sometimes multiple times a year—because her ovarian cysts develop rapidly and destructive.

In 2009, Hillary Swank started submitting claims for treatments of her ovarian cysts. Her claims were initially denied. The SAG-AFTRA Health Plan cited an exclusion of “infertility treatment.”  In 2011, it eventually agreed to cover all costs for her ovarian cysts treatments based on the fact that she was not trying to conceive.