“This country is hard on people.”
That one line from No Country For Old Men will never leave my mind. It stands out for so many reasons. Today is yet another reminder.
Nataline Sarkisyan died just hours after her family’s HMO changed its mind and decided to pay for her liver transplant. A transplant that was not an option.
From the Times:
Philadelphia-based Cigna HealthCare, denied the transplant earlier this month.
Doctors at UCLA sent a letter Dec. 11 to Cigna emphasizing that Nataline was eligible for a transplant, Hilda Sarkisyan said. But Cigna refused to pay, citing a lack of medical evidence the procedure would help.
Doctors at UCLA believed that Nataline had a fighting chance. The insurance company disagreed. The family staged a rally of about 150 people in Glendale, including the California Nurses Association. Cigna reversed their decision. Too little, too late.
Nataline Sarkisyan is dead at 17.