Cigna Insurance has more than the power to sentence patients to death. CIGNA can also sentence premium paying customers to pain, excruciating pain.
Georgia resident Dawn Smith was diagnosed brain tumors in 2005 and 2007. Smith fought every step of the way for CIGNA to cover her biospy and some medication payments, but as for treatment that could stop the immoblizing shocks of pain she experiences; CIGNA called the treatement “unnecessary.” It’s just cost effective for CIGNA that Smith live with debilitating pain. Earlier this month, CIGNA increased her anti-epileptic meds to more than $3,000 a year.
Moveon.org has helped her launch a nationwide campaign drawing attention to her plight and the suffering of others.
CIGNA has a long history of denying care for its own policyholders. One of the most infamous cases involves Nataline Sarkisyan, a 17-year-old who died after CIGNA refused to cover her liver transplant. When Nataline’s mother requested a meeting with CIGNA officials, employees of CIGNA reportedly started heckling her from a balcony above the building’s lobby, with one giving her “the finger.”
CIGNA’s not alone in their depravity. A friend of mine heard The UCLA Transplant Center staff snickering about her in the background when she made repeated calls for a surgery that might have saved her brother’s life.