Cigna's $2.4M Deal Resolves Autism Treatment Denial Claims

Law360, New York (November 1, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday preliminarily endorsed a $2.4 million settlement between Cigna Corp. and a nationwide class of claimants alleging improper coverage denials for a type of autism spectrum disorder treatment.

U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez granted early-stage approval to the deal providing compensation to current and former Cigna insureds who were allegedly denied benefits for their children’s autism treatments beginning in November 2004 that had been deemed “experimental, investigational or unproven.”

In a 2010 complaint, lead plaintiff Kristopher Churchill alleged that the classification...
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