Cigna's $2.7M ERISA Deal Over Depression Cure Nears OK

By Bonnie Eslinger (April 17, 2017, 8:59 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday tentatively approved Cigna Health's $2.75 million deal to settle class claims the company violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by not covering a depression treatment, but told class counsel he wanted justification in writing for their 33 percent fee request.

Lead plaintiff Annette Weil, a 61-year-old Malibu resident, suffers from major depressive disorder, according to her complaint.  She filed suit in September 2015, alleging her mental health provider recommended that she undergo a therapy for her depression called repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, but Cigna informed her that it was not covered because her husband's...

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