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Supreme Court rules for HMOs in Texas patients lawsuits

Tuesday, June 22, 2004 Posted: 10:02 AM EDT (1402 GMT)

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) -- Leading up to her hysterectomy about five years ago, Ruby Calad thought she understood all the insurance bureaucracy involving her HMO.

"I'd done my homework," the suburban Houston woman said.

But the day after her operation, she was told by a Houston-area hospital she had to be released because her HMO, Cigna Healthcare of Texas Inc., would approve no additional expenses. She was discharged prematurely, then wound up in an emergency room a few days later, she said.

"(It) ended up costing them more money," Calad, 50, recalled Monday, a few hours after learning the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled against her in a lawsuit stemming from her HMO's decision.

Article: http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/06/22/hmos.ap/index.html