CIGNA insurance denies transplant, teenager dies

Who thinks Big Insurance is going to roll over and suddenly cooperate with America’s health care crisis? This does not sound like an industry that is seeking compromise or anything less than total control.

A 17-year old died just hours after her health insurance company [CIGNA] reversed its decision not to pay for a liver transplant that doctors said the girl needed.

Nataline Sarkisyan died Thursday night at about 6 p.m. at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. She had been in a vegetative state for weeks, said her mother, Hilda.

“She passed away, and the insurance (company) is responsible for this,” she said.


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