Patient Seeks $2.5B From UnitedHealth Over Hep C Exposure

By David Siegel (October 17, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT) -- Two United HealthCare Services Inc. units could face $2.5 billion in damages at a trial beginning Monday in Nevada over allegations they exposed customers to hepatitis C by knowingly referring them to contaminated endoscopy clinics, after a similar trial last year resulted in a historic $524 million verdict.

Health Plan of Nevada and its parent company, Sierra Health Services Inc., were negligent in including endoscopy clinics run by Dr. Dipak Desai, later linked to the largest hepatitis C outbreak in Nevada history, on their list of approved health care providers and should have taken greater steps to verify the clinics were...

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