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On Aug., 1, 2017, Brittany Cloyd of Frankfort, Kentucky, said she experienced pain "worse than childbirth." Her mother -- who had been to nursing school -- drove her to the nearest emergency room. Brittany thought her appendix had burst, but tests at the ER found she had ovarian cysts. She was given pain medication and told to follow up with her primary doctor.

Cloyd had an Anthem Blue Cross PPO health insurance plan and thought she would get charged just a co-pay for her ER visit. Instead, 15 days later she received a letter from health insurer Anthem. "Your condit...

In 2014, when Orrana Cunningham needed proton beam therapy for stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer, her insurer, Aetna, declined to cover the treatment. That denial, like many that occur every day in the U.S., cost Orrana and her husband, Ron, over $90,000.

The couple mortgaged their Meeker, TXOK, home to pay for the therapy. Orrana passed away the following year at the age of 54, but Aetna’s denial spawned a fight that continued until November 8, 2018, when a jury awarded Orrana’s family $25.6 million for recklessly disregarding its duty to deal fairly and in good faith...

Wells Fargo & Co. executives were warned that an auto insurance plan could be overcharging customers four years before the bank scrapped the program, according to a complaint released by a judge this week.

Several executives, including then-General Counsel James Strother and chief auditor David Julian, were among the bank officials briefed in 2012 about possible flaws in the auto insurance program that was ended in 2016, according to parts of a class-action lawsuit that were unsealed on Monday.

A Wells Fargo official declined to comment on the allegations in the laws...

The former owner of a California foreclosure rescue business will spend the next 14 years in prison after admitting in court that he used the business to steal struggling borrowers’ homes during the housing crisis.

Earlier this year, Sergio Barrientos pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution and bank fraud.

According to court documents, from about September 2004 through February 2008, Barrientos and co-conspirators Zalathiel Aguila and Omar Anabo operated a business in California called Capital Access.

The company offered a “...

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have shut down a network of Florida companies that they say used aggressive, deceptive tactics to sell skimpy health insurance products that skirt requirements of the Affordable Care Act and left tens of thousands of people around the country with unpaid medical bills.

“There is good cause to believe” that the Florida companies have sold shoddy coverage by falsely claiming that such policies were comprehensive health insurance or qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Judge Darrin P. Gayles of the Federal District Cour...

A South Florida company that collected more than $100 million in premiums selling sham health insurance “for smart people” through a network of deceptive websites, including one called trumpcarequotes.com, was ordered by a federal judge to temporarily shut down following consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission.

Simple Health Plans, based in Hollywood, lured “tens of thousands” of consumers with false promises of covering pre-existing medical conditions and prescription drugs for monthly premiums ranging from $40 to $500, the FTC said in a 28-page complai...

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order halting operations of a Florida company that allegedly collected more than $100 million for worthless health insurance plans from tens of thousands of customers.

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to shutter Simple Health Plans LLC and recover money for consumers who were allegedly bilked by the company.

Simple Health Plans has operated a telemarketing operation since 2013, according to the complaint, selling plans across the country that claim to provide comprehensive coverage, includ...

Hollywood-based sellers of "sham" health insurance plans have been shut down by the Federal Trade Commission amid charges they collected more than $100 million from consumers by misrepresenting "worthless" plans as qualified under the Affordable Care Act.

Named as defendants in the restraining order, asset freeze, preliminary injunction and appointment of a receiver are Simple Health Plans LLC, 2 Oakwood Blvd., Suite 100, Hollywood, and several affiliated companies, as well as the companies' owner, Steven J. Dorfman.

The restraining order also authorizes the seizure...

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