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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Aetna for Denying Depression Treatment

class action lawsuit has been filed against Aetna on behalf of mental health patients suffering from depression. The federal lawsuit alleges that Aetna categorically refused to cover “a safe and effective treatment” called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The complaint alleges that MCMC, LLC — an independent review organization directly contracted with Aetna to evaluate external appeals of the company’s TMS denials — rubber-stamps the insurer by relying on outdated clinical research and misapplying health plan criteria that violate the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.