Rest in Peace, Nataline.
If you've never been denied benefits, screwed on an insurance settlement, or heard of someone who has – you're a lucky person! The insurance industry is one of the most profitable in the United States. The math is quite simple, the more people they let die – the better the profits.
Can we change this with the Internet and the blogosphere? Can we literally bombard search engines with messages of Cigna Sucks and make a difference? They claim they are in the business of caring. Is that true? Doesn't caring actually cost more money than not caring? I believe that Doctors care, but Insurance companies have the opposite incentive.
In a Dec. 11 letter, four doctors appealed to the insurer to reconsider. They said patients in similar situations who undergo transplants have a six-month survival rate of about 65 percent.
Cigna said it was experimental and not covered by their policy.
Nataline Sarkisyan is now dead after three years of battling leukemia and getting denied a needed transplant from her Insurance company, Cigna.
This is nothing short of first degree murder in my eyes. An employer who loses an employee due to unsafe working conditions can be charged with manslaughter or wrongful death, why can't an Insurance Company? Cigna didn't ignore the situation, they analyzed it and made a conscious choice to leave the patient to die.
These stories both anger and terrify me. If you own stock in Cigna or even a Mutual Fund that has Cigna in the mix, I would urge you to not support such a company. It's time that insurance companies quit lining their pockets with the blood of the very people that pay them.
More on Nataline's struggle:
CIGNA Executive Management Team — how do you sleep at night?!
- H. Edward Hanway, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CIGNA Corporation
- Michael W. Bell, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CIGNA Corporation
- David M. Cordani, President, CIGNA HealthCare
- Paul E. Hartley, President, CIGNA International
- John M. Murabito, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Services, CIGNA Corporation
- Carol Ann Petren, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CIGNA Corporation
- Karen S. Rohan, President, CIGNA Group Insurance and President, CIGNA Dental & Vision Care
- Michael D. Woeller, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, CIGNA Corporation