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Family of Las Vegas man
wins $200M verdict
against Sierra Health
By Glenn Puit Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 11, 2022 - 2:45 pm
Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook. Like 289K
Updated April 11, 2022 - 3:09 pm
The family of a Las Vegas man who was denied health insurance
! " 
William George “Bill” Eskew (Photo courtesy Eskew estate)
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coverage for a specific type of lung cancer treatment, then later died,
has won a $200 million civil verdict against his health insurance
provider, according to court records.
The family of William George “Bill” Eskew sued Sierra Health and
Life Insurance in 2019. A jury trial led to an initial $40 million verdict
a week ago, along with another $160 million in punitive damages
against Sierra Health in the courtroom of District Judge Nadia Krall.
Sierra Health is a UnitedHealthcare company, which is owned by
UnitedHealth Group.
The company plans to appeal, a spokeswoman said.
“We are disappointed by the jury’s verdict,” United HealthCare
spokeswoman Maria Gordon Shydlo said in an email to the Las Vegas
Review-Journal.
“The verdict and damages awarded do not reflect the facts of the case
or the laws that apply here,” she said.
A civil complaint filed by Eskew’s estate indicates that Eskew and his
wife, Sandra, purchased a health insurance policy from Sierra Health
in January 2016.
“Beginning in or about 2015, Bill was diagnosed with lung cancer,”
the complaint said.
Eskew ultimately traveled to Texas for medical treatment where it
was recommended he undergo “proton beam therapy,” the lawsuit
states. The coverage for that specific type of treatment was later
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denied by Sierra Health, according to the records.
“Without the proton beam therapy, Bill died on March 12, 2017,” the
complaint said.
Attorneys Matthew L. Sharp of Reno and Doug Terry filed the lawsuit.
“Sierra Health had a hidden policy and procedure to automatically
deny any claim for proton beam therapy,” Sharp said Monday
afternoon. “They denied the claim without investigation, without
consideration of the insurance contract, and in knowing disregard of
Nevada law.”
Sharp and Terry said in a phone interview that the cancer treatment
Eskew received caused severe damage to his esophagus.
“As a result of that damage, Bill su!ered tremendously,
unnecessarily and became basically a shell of himself,” Sharp said.
Terry said the verdict represents “a statement by members of the
community in Clark County, and Las Vegas, that the conduct of Sierra
Health and Life in this case is not acceptable, and that it needs to
stop.”
Contact Glenn Puit by email at gpuit@reviewjournal.com. Follow
@GlennatRJ on Twitter.

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  • 1. 4/12/22, 10:29 AM Sierra Health loses $200M verdict to family of Las Vegas man | Las Vegas Review-Journal Page 1 of 3 https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/family-of-las-vegas-man-wins-200m-verdict-against-sierra-health-2559683/ Family of Las Vegas man wins $200M verdict against Sierra Health By Glenn Puit Las Vegas Review-Journal April 11, 2022 - 2:45 pm Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook. Like 289K Updated April 11, 2022 - 3:09 pm The family of a Las Vegas man who was denied health insurance ! "  William George “Bill” Eskew (Photo courtesy Eskew estate)
  • 2. 4/12/22, 10:29 AM Sierra Health loses $200M verdict to family of Las Vegas man | Las Vegas Review-Journal Page 2 of 3 https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/family-of-las-vegas-man-wins-200m-verdict-against-sierra-health-2559683/ coverage for a specific type of lung cancer treatment, then later died, has won a $200 million civil verdict against his health insurance provider, according to court records. The family of William George “Bill” Eskew sued Sierra Health and Life Insurance in 2019. A jury trial led to an initial $40 million verdict a week ago, along with another $160 million in punitive damages against Sierra Health in the courtroom of District Judge Nadia Krall. Sierra Health is a UnitedHealthcare company, which is owned by UnitedHealth Group. The company plans to appeal, a spokeswoman said. “We are disappointed by the jury’s verdict,” United HealthCare spokeswoman Maria Gordon Shydlo said in an email to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The verdict and damages awarded do not reflect the facts of the case or the laws that apply here,” she said. A civil complaint filed by Eskew’s estate indicates that Eskew and his wife, Sandra, purchased a health insurance policy from Sierra Health in January 2016. “Beginning in or about 2015, Bill was diagnosed with lung cancer,” the complaint said. Eskew ultimately traveled to Texas for medical treatment where it was recommended he undergo “proton beam therapy,” the lawsuit states. The coverage for that specific type of treatment was later
  • 3. 4/12/22, 10:29 AM Sierra Health loses $200M verdict to family of Las Vegas man | Las Vegas Review-Journal Page 3 of 3 https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/family-of-las-vegas-man-wins-200m-verdict-against-sierra-health-2559683/ denied by Sierra Health, according to the records. “Without the proton beam therapy, Bill died on March 12, 2017,” the complaint said. Attorneys Matthew L. Sharp of Reno and Doug Terry filed the lawsuit. “Sierra Health had a hidden policy and procedure to automatically deny any claim for proton beam therapy,” Sharp said Monday afternoon. “They denied the claim without investigation, without consideration of the insurance contract, and in knowing disregard of Nevada law.” Sharp and Terry said in a phone interview that the cancer treatment Eskew received caused severe damage to his esophagus. “As a result of that damage, Bill su!ered tremendously, unnecessarily and became basically a shell of himself,” Sharp said. Terry said the verdict represents “a statement by members of the community in Clark County, and Las Vegas, that the conduct of Sierra Health and Life in this case is not acceptable, and that it needs to stop.” Contact Glenn Puit by email at gpuit@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter.