Hilary Swank Settles SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Lawsuit Over Coverage for Ovarian Cyst Treatment

Hilary Swank and the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan have on Monday settled a lawsuit she filed final yr wherein she sued the Board of Trustees of the SAG-AFTRA well being plan, demanding that they resume protection of medical therapy for recurrent ovarian cysts. 

Swank had argued that the board had made a sexist resolution denying her protection, arguing “there was no medically necessary reason to treat or monitor ovarian cysts other than for ‘infertility treatment.’” The lawsuit had even quoted Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”: “As all historians know, the past is a great darkness, and filled with echoes.”

“This matter addresses the shockingly antiquated question of whether the sole purpose of a woman, and specifically her ovaries, is to procreate,” the lawsuit learn. “When faced with a claim for insurance benefits for the medically necessary treatment of ovarian cysts and endometriosis, the Trustees answered ‘yes,’ determining that there could be no possible reason to treat those conditions other than for the purpose of trying to conceive.”

Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed. Lawyers for Swank and representatives for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan (SAG-AFTRA and the Health Plan are separate entities) didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. 

Swank filed the lawsuit in September 2020, saying that she needed to cope with ovarian cysts and endometriosis since 2008 and had beforehand had therapy coated below the SAG Health Plan. Following the SAG-AFTRA merger in 2012, Swank was transferred onto the brand new well being plan that continued to cowl her therapy till 2015, when she says the trustees pulled her protection. And in response to Swank, makes an attempt to attraction by way of the guild’s administrative system on the time had been rejected.

“It also just so happened that around the same time as when the Trustees no longer agreed to allow Swank’s claims, Swank was undergoing procedures to preserve her ability to conceive in the future,” the swimsuit mentioned. “Seizing upon Swank’s choice to keep her options open, the Trustees pointed to an exclusion in the Plan for ‘infertility treatment,’ relying on the notion that the only purpose of preserving the health of an ovary is to procreate.”

Swank had filed the lawsuit amid the pandemic at a time when rising healthcare prices pushed the trustees to make sweeping adjustments to its protection lists.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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