19 Jan Aetna Settles HIV Privacy Lawsuit for $17 Million
It was announced last Wednesday that health insurance company Aetna has settled a federal class-action lawsuit which accused it of breaching privacy laws for $17 million.
Aetna was slapped with the lawsuit after it had used large windowed envelopes that revealed the HIV status of the recipient, even when unopened. Around 12,000 Aetna customers who had been affected will be entitled to receive at least $500 as compensation.
The plaintiffs alleged that some of the patient’s whose HIV status had been revealed were evicted from their homes or had their relationships damaged.