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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:18 PM
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Flashback to Death Panel: Family sues insurer (Cigna) who denied teen transplant
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22357873 /

December 21, 2007

GLENDALE, Calif. - The family of a 17-year-old girl who died hours after her health insurer reversed a decision and said it would pay for a liver transplant plans to sue the company, their attorney said Friday.

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

Attorney Mark Geragos said he plans to ask the district attorney to press murder or manslaughter charges against Cigna HealthCare in the case. The insurer “maliciously killed her” because it did not want to bear the expense of her transplant and aftercare, Geragos said.

District Attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons declined to comment on the request for murder or manslaughter charges, saying it would be inappropriate to do so until Geragos submits evidence supporting his request.

The family’s “loss is immeasurable, and our thoughts and prayers are with them,” Cigna said in a news release Friday.

“We deeply hope that the outpouring of concern, care and love that are being expressed for Nataline’s family help them at this time,” the company said.

Nataline had been battling leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant from her brother. She developed a complication that caused her liver to fail.

Doctors at UCLA determined she needed a transplant and sent a letter to Cigna Corp.’s Cigna HealthCare on Dec. 11. The Philadelphia-based health insurance company denied payment for the transplant, saying the procedure was experimental and outside the scope of coverage.

The insurer reversed the decision Thursday as about 150 teenagers and nurses rallied outside of its office. But Nataline died hours later.

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so what was that "death panel" stuff all about?
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PCIntern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:21 PM
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1. "I can see CIGNA's offices from my office window..."
No lie. And I'm not channelling Sarah Palin...
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:31 PM
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2. I would sue for the CEO's liver. If I win, I get the fucker's liver.
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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:35 PM
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3. And for serving on that Death Panel in 2007,
Cigna CEO H. Howard Hanway was paid $25,839,777.00.*

*healthreformwatch.com as posted by DUer Stephanie on 8/19/09, post # 6349493

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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:16 PM
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4. Sounds like the liver...
would have been cheaper.
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