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National Health Care Alliance Gains New Members Against Aetna's New Anesthesia Policy
Date:2/1/2008

Consumer fraud lawsuit is imminent if Propofol coverage isn't reinstated

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The drumbeat directed towards Aetna to immediately retract its refusal to cover Propofol under all circumstances is getting louder. And as more organizations join the Gastroenterologists and Anesthesiologist Alliance, a call to file a consumer fraud lawsuit against Aetna is growing closer.

What was once solely a New York State issue has now become a national campaign.

Just days after a letter was sent to Aetna's Corporate Counsel and high-level executives demanding a meeting to discuss the importance of covering Propofol, the New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiologists, and the New Jersey Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Society, as well as individual and group physicians practicing gastroenterology and anesthesiology from across the country have agreed to join the GA Alliance and its already existing members, which include the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the New York County Medical Society.

Scott Einiger, lead counsel for the GA Alliance and Senior Partner in the Manhattan Division of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP, indicated that he was "pleased to welcome our colleagues from other states to join forces with us to combat consumer fraud." John Fanburg a partner with the law firm of Wolf Block and counsel for the New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiologists and the New Jersey Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Society stated, "We are pleased to participate and join forces with this growing alliance. It is our hope that we can directly effectuate change in this policy through a meeting with Aetna's executive leadership."

Aetna's recent decision to stop reimbursing for the use of Propofol is at odds with other national healthcare organizations. Recently, United Health Care decried such a decision and announced that it will come forward to announce that they wil
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