Hilary Swank Sues Union Health Plan for Not Covering Ovarian Cysts

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Hilary Swank senses something rotten with the way her union's health plan treats women. In a scathing lawsuit filed Tuesday night in California federal court, she reveals she's been submitting claims for coverage for treatment of her ovarian cysts — but that in 2015, the Board of Trustees of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan began refusing her.

"This matter addresses the shockingly antiquated question of whether the sole purpose of a woman, and specifically her ovaries, is to procreate," states the opening of a complaint after quoting The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood. "

What happened in 2015?

According to Swank, it was around the time the star of Netflix's Away began undergoing procedures to preserve her ability to conceive children.

"Seizing upon Swank’s choice to keep her options open, the Trustees pointed to an exclusion in the Plan for 'infertility treatment,' relying on the notion that the only purpose of preserving the health of an ovary is to procreate," continues the complaint." Despite Swank's, and her board-certified doctors', insistence that she was not seeking coverage for fertility treatment, but only for treatment for her ovarian cysts, the Trustees dug in their heels. The Trustees repeatedly said that there was no medically necessary reason to treat or monitor ovarian cysts other than for 'infertility treatment.'”

Through the action, Swank seeks coverage of ovarian cysts, which she says has caused her to suffer from extreme degrees of acid reflux, pelvic pain, cramping and fatigue. She's represented by attorney Kirk Pasich.

A spokesperson for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan couldn't be reached for comment.