San Diego's “Top Doctor” Takes On Insurance Goliath

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Dr. James Veltmeyer Takes CIGNA to court over wife’s illness

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Dr. James Veltmeyer, Republican candidate for Congress in the 52nd District and one of San Diego County’s “Top Doctors” according to the San Diego County Medical Society, is taking on a new target in his ongoing battle to reform U.S. health care. He’s taking one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies to court.

In a complaint filed in California Superior Court by the San Diego law firm, The Gilliland Firm (Case No. 37-2017-00024828-CU-PO-CTL, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego), Veltmeyer accuses the Connecticut-based insurer of Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Breach of Contract, and Negligence in the treatment of his wife, Laura, who is battling Stage 4 breast and lung cancer. The complaint alleges that CIGNA denied Mrs.Veltmeyer a medically-necessary procedure called a PET scan to stage her cancer and best determine a course of treatment four times, even refusing to permit it if paid out-of-pocket. PET scans are widely used state-of-the-art tools that can detect cancer, identify its exact stage, determine if it has spread and indicate a course of treatment appropriate to that specific cancer.

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