PHILADELPHIA – A woman is suing her employer and insurance provider after she claims she is unable to work, yet was denied benefits.

Theresa Brown filed a complaint Jan. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Mercy Health Corp. of Southeastern Pennsylvania, also known as Mercy Health System and Mercy Home Health; Cigna Group Insurance; and the Life Insurance Co. of North America after she purportedly was denied coverage.

According to the complaint, Brown, a nurse at Mercy Health, informed her employer in July 2013 of her inability to work due to several conditions. Her conditions and her employment qualified her for a short-term benefits policy, according to the complaint. The policy from Mercy Health allegedly stated that the plaintiff would be supplied with 11 weeks' worth of benefits. Brown filed the necessary paperwork to Cigna, but was denied in February. In August, the defendant allegedly returned a final denial to the plaintiff, refusing to deliver short-term benefits.

Brown is seeking her entitled short-term benefits, as well as legal fees. She is represented by Robert F. Stranick in Media.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-CV-00010

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