OANP Helps File Class Action Law Suit Against Insurance Company
As the 4th of July weekend just passed, the idea of freedom is on my mind. Included in my definition of freedom and self agency is the ability to choose the type of medical provider you would like to have. However, even if you are lucky enough to live in one of the 20 states/municipalities that license naturopathic physicians (ND), services provided may not be covered by your insurance. Today, in a precedent setting effort, the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP) filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, Inc. (Health Net) and their contracted benefits provider American Specialty Health (ASH), alleging unlawful and discriminatory practices.
OANP executive director, Laura Farr explains: The lawsuit was filed on behalf of naturopathic physicians and their patients who allege that Health Net discriminates against Oregon licensed naturopathic physicians by denying claims for services provided by Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) that are otherwise covered when delivered by a different medical provider. The "Non Discrimination in Health Care" section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as "Section 2706" (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-5), prohibits insurance carriers from discriminating against health care providers acting within the scope of their license.